Lighting advice for indoor digital photography

Discussion in 'Photography' started by MDJ, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. MDJ

    MDJ Guest

    Hi, I'm wondering if anyone would be so kind as to provide some
    advice, or links to good websites explaining how I can best set up
    some good lighting/flash equipment to achieve good results of shots of
    people in a fairly small group arrangement approx 6 metres from the
    camera of 5-10 people in a large warehouse environment.

    I am fairly experienced in photography but almost all outdoor, with
    little experience of lighting arrangements for effective indoor

    Should I be looking at either handheld flash, remote flash, or
    constant lighting arrangements? The camera is a middle of the range 4
    mega pixel digital, i've had some fantastic outdoor shots from it but
    unfortunately the indoor warehouse shots need to be of similar

    Any advice or weblinks would be appreciated.


    MDJ, Jun 29, 2004
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  2. MDJ

    dadiOH Guest

    For what you want, 2 speedlights into umbrellas would be ideal. One
    approximately 45 degrees to one side and high, the other as close to the
    camera as possible. The one at the camera should output about 1/2 the light
    as the other. The one at the side could be fired as a slave or both could
    be wired to the shutter cord.

    The trouble with that is that you are at a fair distance and will need
    powerful strobes. The one at the side can be closer than 6 meters though as
    the umbrella spreads the light. It should also be feathered toward the far
    end of the group so that light from the umbrella edge illuminates the near
    side...this equalizes the light over the entire group.

    Next best would be the same as above but without umbrellas.

    If you only have one light, put it on a stand at one side but fairly close
    to the camera and raise it a couple of feet above the groups eye level.

    Obviously, you could use continuous light in exactly the same ways but
    subjects don't much care for them.


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    RSD99 Guest

    RSD99, Jun 29, 2004
  4. MDJ

    RSD99 Guest

    Whoops ... this is a frame-based site, so I can't give you the direct URL for the "Free
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    Click on the "Free Photo Lessons" item on the top menu bar.
    RSD99, Jun 29, 2004
  5. MDJ

    MDJ Guest

    Thanks, that's great. Presumably I can hire this kind of equipment?
    Anyway thanks for your advice, it's clear to me much will be trial and
    error, but i'm keen to get going!


    MDJ, Jun 30, 2004
  6. MDJ

    MDJ Guest

    Many thanks for that, interesting lessons.
    MDJ, Jun 30, 2004
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