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| p.1 #17 · Sync strobe at faster than 1/160 ? |
Strobes are on minimum power (although i wish i could put them higher to kill the remaining shadows)
If you have problems with shadows then you have issues with light source size and placement. Increasing the power of your lights will only deepen the shadows.
Also, you say "natural light is very limited." If so, why do you need such a fast shutter speed? Forget the strobes for a second, if there is little natural light then you should be able to use fairly large apertures without going to super fast shutter speeds. You need to get the ambient where you want it before you add the strobes. If the natural light is just a single window, then cut the light from that window (curtains) until you get the ambient where you want it, maybe a stop or two underexposed, at your desired aperture, ISO, and sync speed.
Once you have that under control, then you can look into the strobe issues. If you are using very large apertures, then you may have a problem with strobes that won't go low enough (power-wise, not height). So one solution is to buy better strobes. But before you do that, there are other solutions. ND gels mentioned above can help. Are you using a softbox or maybe an umbrella? One option is to bounce the strobes off the back wall/ceiling. Use the room as your modifier. This will lower the intensity of the light source and also move it further from your subjects. You can still get a source that is large compared to your subject if you blast a whole wall with light. The point is that you still get nice, soft light but at lower brightness on your subjects.
Edited on Jul 18, 2012 at 04:40 PM · View previous versions