Yesterday, I did my first model photo-shoot and before my model arrived I set up my equipment and carefully made sure of the setting for camera were correct.
The first thing I discovered was that the idea of using a soft-box for this shoot was impractical as I wasn’t able to be able to position it as I wanted it and it took up too much space and was difficult to move around; so I decided to use an umbrella instead. This was in fact the first time I have used my umbrella and I was pleased with myself that I had both invested in it and had clearly learned enough out of all the books on lighting that I should have instantly turned to it as an alternative solution.
Having set up my light, I then did some light readings with my Sekonic Incident Lightmeter. This suggested a slow shutter speed of only 1/10sec providing 30% flash to ambient combination. My first reaction was too slow what am I doing wrong? It the occurred to me that the reading is taking account that the flash is 1000s of a second and this will freeze the image. To test this I made some photos to satisfy myself, happy with the result I spent the rest of the day working with my camera set to manual and taking reading only from my Sekonic meter. The results were great, all taken at 1/10sec hand held using 24-120mm zoom lens at various focal-lengths. All my images are pin-sharp and the exposures perfect with text-book Histograms.