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Mimic Natural Light with Strobe & Kino



19 Comments

  1. Sue, I purchased both the kino light and the lastolite scrim (plus have strobes in my studio), but I am shooting in a basement room that has no window light so the ambient light is minimal and I’m struggling to get that soft painterly light you create with the kino (and I can’t drop my shutter anymore without using a tripod). Could you do a lighting segment where the room is windowless or very dark and show us how to create that soft light just with light sources?

  2. Hi Sue, can I ask, in terms of pleasentness which do you prefer out of these three, kino strobe or ice lights? It seems to me that the kino gives a more pleasing look to the image. Thanks

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  3. Haha! Just rewatched that bit and answered my own question. 🙂 I am curious however WHICH ND filter is used? There are so many different types (not brands) that you kind of go in blind.

    1. Hi Christy! Glad to see you joined. 🙂 Do you mean when using a strobe? You can only go up to a certain SS before you start getting the black leaf blocking part of your image, so you have to adjust Aperture instead. But you don’t want to lose that depth of field! I need to get a NDF!

    2. Also one other note that shutter speed has no effect on flash. Aperture and ISO control flash and ambient light. Shutter speed only controls ambient light. This is because the flash fires so fast that it’s come and gone while the shutter is still open.

    3. Because she may want to shoot at 2.8, iso 100. And her max shutter speed may give her some rear curtain issues. ND Filter will give her the extra stops of light she needs to get shave off to get the exposure right.

    4. If you have a strobe that has high speed sync you don’t need an ND filter. I have one and it makes the process easier……no ND filter needed. With high speed sync you could darken your image with what ever SS your camera goes up to without the black line across your image.

    5. The Elinchrom 250 that Sue is using here does not have a great power range. So at it’s lowest power setting it is still giving off too much light to be able to shoot at 2.8. The Elinchrom D-Lite RX One has a much lower power output at its lowest setting which will mean that you will be able to shoot at wider apertures without the need for a ND filter. It’s much cheaper too!

  4. Sue, I’m very interested in playing with the ND filter in this fashion. Can you tell me what lens and filter you’re using? I know nothing about them 🙂 Thanks again for broadening my horizons!