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Settings for a Fashion Shoot

edited March 2013 Posted in » Nikon D5100 Forum
I'm just starting out with the Nikon D5100 which we purchased to do fashion photography for our new website. We have a basic white sheet backdrop and two photography lights. The photos we have taken are coming up a bit grainy and are too dark. My questions are:

1. Can anyone help with what settings we should use for shooting models in fashion photography?

2. What type of lighting do we need to use? We are shooting in a house with some lighting from windows which can have the curtains closed if need be.



  • edited March 2013
    What settings are you using? If you're using all auto/default settings, it sounds like the camera is metering the backdrop and underexposing the subject(s).

    I don't have a lot of experience with studio shooting per se, but I would suggest using the manual mode and the lowest ISO you can get away with. Meter the subject under the lighting that you're using for the shoot so you can determine the correct exposure and take it from there. Bracket the exposures and make adjustments as needed.
  • @ktorre - Couple questions...

    1. Which lenses are you using?
    2. Are you shooting hand-held or on a tripod?
    3. Are you photographing adults, kids or both?
    4. Do you own a speedlight (external flash)?

    This will help me narrow down a solution for you. :)
  • edited March 2013
    We are using the 18-55mm lens and shooting hand-held. We are photographing adults, and no we don't have a speedlight.

    A friend told us to us manual mode, 100 ISO, f/8, 1/125, but there is now a shadow. Just cant get it right!

  • edited March 2013
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