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Starting a small studio, what type of lighting would you suggest?

industrious skate [deleted] says:

I'm setting up a small studio for a tattoo shop, I do have some ideals for lighting..
What would you all suggest? I am not a fan of flash, and will not be using any of them, due to the glare from a fresh tattoo. I'm looking for something that will show the beauty of the new tattoo, with out losing the natural colors. ( I know this can be achieved with the settings, as well)

Beauty Dish?

Originally posted at 11:54AM, 27 September 2009 PDT (permalink)
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pdxblazer503 says:

SB800 plus huge softbox

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OregonVelo is a group administrator OregonVelo says:

Elle -
I am not sure what you are asking. Your statement that you are not a fan of flash because of the glare from a fresh tatto. But then you state that your thinking about an AB1600 or a Beauty dish. I could be wrong but I believe you are confusing lighting modifiers with the light source. Not that I am a lighting pro, but its not the camera (or lighting source) that makes a great shot, it is the photographer.

That being said, I think the modifier that would get the look that you want would probably be a softbox. The size of the softbox will be determined by the size of your subject. Meaning if you are going to shoot the person as a whole then you will need something larger than if you are going to be shooting the forearm. The softbox will remove some of the harsh light provided by the bulb (alien been, speedlite, or otherwise). A beauty dish or a ring light could also do the job. Just really depends on the look you are hoping to get.

Mayve over time you would get all three so that your shots would have different looks over time.

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ABNSphotography.com says:

AB1600 and Beauty Dish? The AB1600 will be more than you need. I try a AB800 and a BD with a Sock. If you have the Flashes, learn to use them and save some $$$. Get a Softbox or shoot through umbrella. The Glare is due to straight light, bounce it off something, or, dial down the light. Use some sort of modifier. Great lighting helps, not just any great lighting but EQUAL lighting makes a BIG difference.
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LukeOlsen is a group administrator LukeOlsen says:

Not quite sure what your asking for either but you may just get by with a fast lens coupled with a higher ISO. That will depend on the quantity and quality of the ambient light you have as well.
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dath1974 says:

As ABNS said, you may just need to do some learning. It's perfectly possible (and frequently simple) to light in ways that will and won't produce glare or direct reflection. If you don't mind some reading on the subject, I'd highly recommend Light: Science and Magic. It's a great beginning lighting book and gives you a lot of information that can be applied to nearly any situation.

Edit: (Much of the information in the Light: Science and Magic book is specifically about using and avoiding direct reflection. The very oversimplified summary is that light reflects off of surfaces just like a pool ball bounces off of a rail (equal and opposite angle). . . Put your camera somewhere outside of the range of angles that reflect and you won't see the direct reflection any longer, problem all solved (though that can be sometimes difficult!)).

Your question is also a little confusing, but if you are thinking that a studio style monolight will help avoid any issues with glare you've seen in the past with portable flashes, that's wrong thinking. It won't change anything, you'll just have a brighter light source (which can lend o more flexibility). . .

If you don't want to read a bunch, try to network with others who are experienced with lighting. The pdxstrobist group is great for that and there are monthly meets/shoots. I know I'm still learning a lot about lighting myself (usually by making stupid mistakes), but I'd personally be happy to share anything I can. Shoot me a flickmail.
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