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  1. #46
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    Pro advice
    Unfortunately you have been given a lot of inaccurate information. As a professional for over 40 years and a believer in keep it simple, here is what you need to do.

    No tripod - the flash alone should expose the image
    100 ISO
    125 / sec, or the highest sync speed the camera allows
    Ambient (room) light high or low - no matter - the flash is the only exposure
    Bounce off ceiling aimed slightly behind you
    The folds in the muslin will show. Consider photographic paper roll, probably cheaper than muslin anyway.

    Can be made white in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements by placing the magic wand in the area and feather to about 3. Keep clicking in the background whilst holding down "shift" adding to the selection till the entire muslin is selected.

    Then select Enhance > adjust lighting > Levels. In levels you will see a white eye dropper. Click that in the darkest area of the muslin. The entire muslin will be perfectly white in a moment.

    All of the above works, but is not as professional as using a camera with external flash socket and obtaining a two flash semi-pro system

    As the electronics are very delicate in modern cameras, all external flash unit systems should be triggered by an external wireless unit. Mine was about $20. Saves tripping over flash cables too.

    When you have a 2 flash system, bounce one off the roof slightly behind you (or via an umbrella or bounce off a card or muslin near your camera, slightly behind - to avoid light spill into the lens) and the other flash aimed at the background, say sitting on a tripod near floor level. Or simply sitting on the floor with the reflector on cooking foil to bounce it up and to keep the floor from any heat from the flash.

    If the rear light does not spread enough, either move it away from the background or cover it with an opaque white plastic shopping bag. Do you still have thin white shopping bags in your area? That's all I use.

    You can also have a coloured background by placing colour cellophane over the rear flash.

    Alternative
    Do you have a big window in the house? On holidays I take some outstanding images just using the light near the window in the hotel. See attached. ( note I did a quick change of background to white - you would need to enlarge your photo and do more of the hair areas than I did)

    Set on Auto, spot meter reading - easy as.
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    Last edited by Allmac; 04-04-2014 at 05:54 PM. Reason: New information

  2. #47
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    I think the person needs to read a bit more on the subject and do not expect to be taught everything here. This is not a photography forum and it is obvious she /he has not learned a lot about photography yet to understand many things said to her. Study first. Read. Try out things, experiment, but please do not expect to be hand guided through a photo session and lighting here.

  3. #48
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    I would suggest she goes to Ugly Hedgehog - Photography Forum which is for photography novices and ask these questions there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walky60 View Post
    I think the person needs to read a bit more on the subject and do not expect to be taught everything here. This is not a photography forum and it is obvious she /he has not learned a lot about photography yet to understand many things said to her. Study first. Read. Try out things, experiment, but please do not expect to be hand guided through a photo session and lighting here.
    Well said my friend. We are a Apple Mac forum, so we don't need the (mines bigger than yours) going on, and the I know more than you. Its not helping the OP 1 bit, it would be more confusing than anything.

    To the OP, take what you want from here, but at the end of the day, with what you have, you are not going to get Studio Quality images, so play and experiment, and you will soon know what works and doesn't.
    Go and check out the photography forum linked above for more even argument
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  5. #50
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    Quote Originally Posted by handicap17 View Post
    BTW... I do not like the Muslin white background. I'm going to be getting a 9'x20' White Vinyl Background instead. It takes way to much time to steam the muslin background smooth.
    Many people wrinkle their muslin intentionally (and store it wrinkled up - not folded). Then place the model about 6 feet in front of the background muslin and shoot wide open. This gives a nice uniform appearance to the background.

  6. #51
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    Just quit the messing around. Get a reasonable white background, could be a sheet or poster board. Then get some floods and light your subject. Set the camera up on a tripod and look at the object. Is it lit the way you want? To much light? move the light a bit. Get it so you do not have to use a flash!

    This is basic photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougStocks View Post
    Many people wrinkle their muslin intentionally (and store it wrinkled up - not folded). Then place the model about 6 feet in front of the background muslin and shoot wide open. This gives a nice uniform appearance to the background.
    Agreed, this seems to be the "norm" with most professional photographers. When they need it, they just hang it up, spread it out and give it a good shake or two then done..

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    Wow. First off, thanks for replying this much to me. I do understand that there is way more information now that I needed.
    My main problem was that I was using the automatic option... I thought that it could have done the job by itself without too much adjustment.

    I lowered down the ISO to 200, I am in a basement without too much lightning and that did the job, my subject is definitely sharper and clearer. The white background, this is another issue and again, I do understand that without good lightning, I won't be able to do much.

    Software will be there to help me. I will continue to play around with the settings, take the same pose but with different settings then compare them.

    Thanks again everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougStocks View Post
    Many people wrinkle their muslin intentionally (and store it wrinkled up - not folded). Then place the model about 6 feet in front of the background muslin and shoot wide open. This gives a nice uniform appearance to the background.
    This is true for colored backgrounds but for a white background you want it to be as smooth as possible. The wrinkles will create shadows and you don't want that when the background is white.

  11. #56
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    Quote Originally Posted by conamor View Post
    Wow. First off, thanks for replying this much to me. I do understand that there is way more information now that I needed.
    My main problem was that I was using the automatic option... I thought that it could have done the job by itself without too much adjustment.

    I lowered down the ISO to 200, I am in a basement without too much lightning and that did the job, my subject is definitely sharper and clearer. The white background, this is another issue and again, I do understand that without good lightning, I won't be able to do much.

    Software will be there to help me. I will continue to play around with the settings, take the same pose but with different settings then compare them.

    Thanks again everyone!
    If you live near a College or University, they may offer one or more photography courses as part of their continuing education program. I highly recommend that you look into this.

  12. #57
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    Subject is on the muslin...
    Make sure you are not using auto exposure. The camera will see the white background and the exposure will be too short.
    If you can zoom in on the subject, set the focus and exposure, zoom out for the shot, you will get better results.

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