Model photography with a digital point and shoot camera.First, the Camera:
There are several settings you need to check and/or change. The automatic settings on the camera will assume you are shooting in daylight, which is much brighter than our tungsten and halogen lights.
- Select the White Balance: Set to the “Incandescent” or light bulb symbol for use with the lending lights.
- Choose the highest resolution or “Image Quality” that the camera has. Usually, select “Fine JPEG” which means the file will have the least compression when closed—not as small for storage, but best for print quality. Compression in JPEG files means pixels are discarded every time you alter the image and re-save and close it.
- Set ISO sensitivity to 200. Higher ASA’s allow you to hand hold the camera in lower light, but trade off is “noise” or what we used to call “grain” in high ASA films.
- Turn off the automatic flash.
Second, the lights and tripod set-up:
- Turn off the overhead florescent room lights.
For white and light colored models, pin up a black cloth and let it hang down and drape over a table. Sit your model on top of the table.
- Use two light sources, one pointed directly at the model, and one pointed away, bouncing light off an umbrella. See page 2.
- The camera should be on a tripod, centered between the two light sources.
- For our halogen lights, turn on Lamp #2 on the direct light and turn on both lamps in the indirect light (with umbrella).
DO NOT use more than one main light, or you will cast multiple shadows! Be sure that the main light comes from only one direction and that there is only ONE set of shadows. Multiple shadows from different directions are confusing and look amateurish!
If a bulb burns out, come find get a new one from the VRC. Do not touch the bulb with your bare hands. It is very hot and oil from your skin may cause the bulb to break.