You have worked your way through the first two modules!

That means:

  • You know what equipment you need to get started.
  • You know how to set it all up.
  • You know how to create a soft light look by turning your strobe down low.  
  • You know how to look for a catchlight or under-nose shadow on your subject to make sure you light will be flattering.
  • You know how to meter successfully with a strobe for both black & white and color
  • AND,  you know three basic lighting set ups!

Dang!  That's a lot!

You are probably getting pretty antsy to start shooting!  But you may be a little nervous about testing all of this our with a real live roll of film.  It’s totally ok to feel that way!  Give it a try with your digital camera first. (I won’t tell anyone!!)

When I first started using strobes, I practice with my digital camera a ton!  And, when I want to try something new, I always do it with my digital camera first.  It’s a great way to get feedback.  In fact, I encourage it!

Just keep this in mind.

Digital sensors and film react to light very differently.  A digital sensor does not have the latitude that color film does.

Therefore, when shooting strobes with your digital camera you will want to meter for the highlights.

If you meter for your shadows (like you would for color film) your digital image will look totally blown out.

I always know my color film will look great when my digital images are completely blown!

If you want to get a good looking, properly exposed digital image, just meter for the highlights.


               Digital image.                                                                Film image shot at the exact same settings


ok… so, your assignment:

Get a volunteer, or a doll, or your pet or your husband (or wife) and place them in front of your light.  Adjust the light to the forty-five degree, ninety degree or backlight position.  

You will know you are in the right spot when you see a good catchlight in their eye (remember, your model light will help you see where your light is hitting your subject.)  Once you see a good catchlight, meter, and then take some test shots.

Once you feel like you've got the hang of it, load a roll of film in your camera and take some test shots!  Then send them to the lab ASAP!  Don't forget to post your test shots to the Facebook page when you get them back.  I can’t wait to see what you get!


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