Need help with metering and other studio issues

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by whitney_shelly, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. I am going to enter my first exibition at school and, I NEED HELP! I am
    shooting with a 50mm no flash SLR camera. I am using a instructor from work to
    do 2 nude yoga poses. I am going to be using 400 ISO, a black back round and a
    spot light. Just her in the picture. Im confused all together due to a test and
    project I am cramming for. What should i do to make this picture perfect? what
    should the shutter speed be at? and with my light meter i know i will not get a
    good reading what should i do? please help
  2. You meter the subject only, not the black background. If you are only shooting 2 poses, then bracket exposures 1 and 2 stops on each side of the meter reading as well, 5 frames per pose. Use a tripod! ! !
    Your meter will tell you what shutter speeds and f stop combinations are possible. 1/30 is about as slow as you should go.
  3. Need more information.

    Is your light meter inaccurate, broken, or do you suspect that this particular lighting situation might confuse it?

    What is your model's complection?
  4. This doesn't sound like a film and developing question
  5. Whitney, you need a working light meter. There's no way around that issue.

    Second, you need some help with the basics. We can't do that in the context of a discussion forum. Kodak, Time/Life and others have produced books that cover all the basics. You can find these in used bookstores at near giveaway prices. If you buy them online you'll pay more for shipping than for the books themselves, but it will be worthwhile.

    There's also a ton of info online. Go to the upper right corner of any page and click on the "Learning" tab.

    Good luck.
  6. 15th second at f4, it will be there. Maybe a little under, maybe a little over. Bracket a few shots 8th, 15th, 30th. Use a tripod. Develop normal.

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