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Lighting experiments 02

Last post we talked about basic lighting experience and the problems that I faced during my tests.

In this post we will talk about a simple method to avoid the 2 problems that we saw in previous post:

  1. The bright spot on the back. This is due to the camera right light, almost next to the camera. It is this light that causes the reflection on the wall.
  2. Dull shadows. Not so evident but look between my and Mehar’s head…there is the darker region. This is our shadows on the wall. Not desirable.

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Lighting experiments 01

I bought the Smith Victor KT500 lighting unit about a month ago, and started doing experiments with the lights in my basement. I had a pretty clean wall for the background, in deep red color. I set the lights up, assembly was a breeze, the umbrellas that came with the unit are decent sized for a portrait.

Soon I set up my D40 on a tripod, and am all set, except for one thing. Since I was doing this with timer shots, there was no good way that my D40 would auto focus once I press the shutter and run and stand in the spot…I had to focus on **something** to press the shutter, and then when I ran into the spot, it wasn’t focusing on me obviously.
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First post

This is the first post for I hope this blog becomes a journal of my photography experience, which other beginners can learn from.