Studio flashes are a great addition to any photographer’s studio equipment. Studio photo shoots require more lighting than outdoor or location shoots and studio flashes serve to replicate the natural light that’s missing in a studio environment.
1. Look around the studio for any natural light that might lend some assistance in the photo shoot. Natural light gives a more natural effect than studio flashes can.
2. Paint the studio for a photo shoot. Lighter colors reflect more light whereas darker colors can produce photos with odd colorcasts on the subject. White walls are always acceptable. Check your camera’s white balance when using white walls.
3. Set the studio flash in front of the subject and slightly to the side to avoid harsh shadows. Move the flash head up or down for the best fill light.
4. Manipulate the studio flashes controls for the best exposure values. Many units incorporate control dials or digital arrays to enter flash values.
5. Move the flash so that it bounces the light onto the walls or ceiling. This method effectively cuts the value of the studio flash by half.
6. Keep the subject away from the backdrop or wall to prevent harsh shadows. Move the subject at least six feet from anything that reflects large amounts of light.
7. Use a studio flash rail system to better move lights into position. Rail systems are a common studio installation that offer a great deal of ease and variety of lighting possibilities.