10 short studio photography tips Studio light
Many photographers know how to use their cameras correctly and know how to use studio lighting, but not everyone knows about safety precautions when working in the studio. There are several nuances, the knowledge of which will significantly save time and help create the conditions for safe work in the studio. They apply to everyone who works as an assistant or administrator of the studio and those who have their own home photo studio. You should make sure that you are aware of these 10 useful and often vital tricks:
1. Use tape. Taping tape is a special tape on an adhesive basis, very popular among photographers and filmmakers. The tape is used to hold the cables in one bundle, then they will not interfere underfoot. A paper background is also attached to it so that its edge does not bulge and neither the model nor the photographer stumbles when moving. Instead of tape tape, you can use ordinary construction paper tape.
Attention! When using tape to secure cables, leave the tip loose so that if a short circuit occurs, you can easily detach the cable.
2. Weighting agents. Sandbags or other weights are used as weighting agents on racks for greater stability. Always check that you have placed the weights so that they will not slip when moving.
3. Turn the stand to lock the wheels. When you use a rack with wheels, it often happens that one or two wheels are under the leg of the rack. And although it is difficult to block the brake on them, it is necessary to do this, even though it is impossible to move the rack, since the light scheme is disturbed. To get the wheels out from under the legs, you just need to turn the strut itself clockwise or counterclockwise.
4. Installation of light. It’s about the racks. Most of the racks fold, as it is necessary to save space in the bag during storage and transportation. Then, when you install the fixtures, you need to expand the legs of the rack so that they are placed as wide as possible. This will give maximum stability to the entire structure.
5. Use clamps for safety. When extending the rack to its maximum height under heavy load (using heavy attachments), do not trust only the standard rack clamps. It is better to use an additional clip for insurance so that the stand does not fold.
6. Wear shoes with a closed toe. Cables are usually scattered across the floor of the studio, anywhere you can stumble on the legs of the racks, in the studio there are many different things that will fall, it is worth hitting them slightly if you do not behave very carefully. That is why never wear slippers or other open-toed shoes in the studio. If you do not have the agility and reaction of gymnasts – do not take risks!
7. It is necessary to lay out the rack from the upper knee. Most racks, especially large ones, have several columns for height adjustment. When raising light, always start at the top of the column. Otherwise, you will not be able to reach the upper knees as soon as you lift the lower columns.
8. Do not shake hot lamps. Modeling lights in fixtures can be very fragile when still hot. Try to avoid moving the appliances until the light cools down.
9. Modeling light does not tolerate touch. Never touch it with your bare hands. If you touch the light bulb with your hands, you can stain it, leaving a little sebum on the surface, and this creates an uneven heating of the entire lamp, and could potentially lead to an explosion.
10. Roll the cable correctly after use. This may seem like very simple advice, but it can save you a ton of time if you follow it properly. Above and Below is the best way to fold cables. We do as shown in the video, and the cord will never get tangled, which will quickly untangle the cable.
Many photographers know how to use their cameras correctly and know how to use studio lighting, but not everyone knows about safety precautions when working in the studio. There are several nuances, the knowledge of which will significantly save time and help create the conditions for safe work in the studio. They apply to everyone who works as an assistant or administrator of the studio and those who have their own home photo studio. You should make sure that you are aware of these 10 useful and often vital tricks.