Lighting is an important rudiment in photography. It actually determines the quality of a picture, including the overall skill set of a cameraman. For a top quality photo, light positioning, manipulation, and sharing are key; the fact that you are having a studio shoot is more so the reason to get your lighting equipment and techniques spot on.
So how do you get the Best lighting in a Studio?
First, Determine the Kind of picture want
Before getting your camera shooting gear on, it’s important to be clear on the kind of picture you want. The picture type you settle for will mostly dictate the best lighting for your studio.
Have the 3 Basic Studio Lights
Main, fill and hair lights are the three main lights you should have in your studio. Though serving different purposes, each of these three lights will help you balance out any natural light or shadow that comes from the studio walls, ceiling, and windows.
Use Natural Light Whenever Possible
Sometimes shying away from using natural light when taking studio pictures can make you lose out on a getting a quality picture. The best thing with using natural light is that it makes your photo look more natural and bright. When used properly, natural light can also add a soft light effect on the camera subject thus transforming a quality studio photo into and excellent piece of art.
Keep You Light and Subject at a Closing Distance
One rule of thumb that most photographers forget is never moved you light too far away from the subject. Once you do this you are negating your studio light the opportunity to work with your subject. The result of this is a light imbalanced photo.
Purchase Umbrella and Soft Boxes
With the array of light directed towards the subject, you would be advised to incorporate light modifiers (studio umbrellas and softboxes) as part of the camera equipment. These modifiers help to control and reflect the studio lights, thus creating the best light for your subject.
Do Test Shots
It is difficult to know how good your studio lighting is without testing it. By having an assistant to help you with studio adjustments, you can create the best lighting and shot.
One thing that most camera professionals agree with in regards to studio lighting is that photography is at its best when proper and lucid light combination are used, to suit a scene/ subject.