Contact: James Gilberd, firstname.lastname@example.org | 027 444 3899 | 04 382 9502 10am-3pm.
Location: 1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington CBD
Camera settings for shooting with studio flash, the basics
The flashes give an exposure level that can be set quite low but typically is similar to bright outdoor conditions, but just for a thousandth of a second or so. Typical camera settings for using the flashes at medium power would be:
Exposure: we can measure the flash exposure for you with a flash meter, but it's good to enable the Histogram display and Over-exposure warning (clipping, highlight alert). Take a test photo and then view the histogram and highlight alert information in playback. This will give you a much better gauge of your exposure settings than simply looking at a screen view of your photo.
Mirrorless camera notes, Canon R, Sony Alpha and others
Canon R-series: If your viewing screen/viewfinder looks too dark, go into the first menu, find Exposure Simulation and select Disable. This decouples the viewfinder brightness from the camera's exposure settings. You'll want to enable this setting again before shooting in normal light conditions.
Sony Alpha series: If your viewing screen/viewfinder looks too dark, go into
Menu 2 and turn the Live View Display setting OFF.
The Sony hot shoe has an edge connector hidden under the front edge of the shoe, and it is designed to accept Sony accessories only! Be careful when pushing on the Elinchrom radio trigger or anything else that isn't designed to work with your camera. Damage caused by this will void your camera warranty.
In practice, it is possible to use the studio trigger if you are careful, but you ought to have the correct Sony attachment for triggering the brand of studio flash you are using. Courtenay Studios will not be held liable for any camera damage.
Lumix - in the menu, find Monitor Display and switch on Constant Preview.
Other mirrorless cameras: Nikon Z series, Olympus, etc - these will have similar requirements around viewfinder settings for the studio environment. You may have to consult your instruction manual or search online for the viewfinder settings required. Contact the studio in advance of your photo shoot if in doubt. (When we find out the settings the notes will be added here. We're not aware of any hot shoe connection issues with brands other than with Sony and some Canon models.
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Other services we recommend:
- Wellington Photographic Supplies (Elinchrom & Phottix lighting, also for equipment hire) - www.wps.net.nz
- Photohire - studio and equipment hire - www.photohire.co.nz (also Flashdog studios)
- Photo Warehouse Wellington - www.photowarehouse.co.nz/
- The Big Picture - printing services - http://thebigpic.co.nz
- Mark Beehre Photographer - www.markbeehre.co.nz
- James Gilberd Photography Ltd - www.james-gilberd-photography.com
- Passport Photos Wellington - www.passportphotoswellington.co.nz
- PhotocourseNZ photography courses & workshops - www.photocoursenz.com
- Photospace Gallery - www.photospacegallery.com
- Gilberd Marriott Gallery - www.gilberdmarriottgallery.com