I’ve been running the Camera Stupid website and Facebook Photo Sharing Group for just over a year now and it’s been an extremely rewarding experience. I love seeing your work and watching you improve your photography. One of the most rewarding things for me is when I get emails from readers like this one from Emily. Emily had a few photography related questions and I figured that other people might benefit from seeing my answers.
I love the 100 presets you allow your viewers to download. I’ve enjoyed playing around with them!!
I’m a teenager and I have a passion for photography and I want to get better. So, I just have a couple of questions…
- I have seen on websites that it is best to shoot in “Raw” instead of “.jpeg”. I have a Nikon D7100 and I was wondering if you could help me with shooting “Raw” because I don’t even know where to find that setting!
- I recently bought the equipment to do indoor portraits and the website I got my backdrop from was a total fail. Where do you get your backdrops? Do you use cloth, paper, or vinyl backdrops?
- The lights I bought are just big continuous lights. They don’t connect to my camera, I just plug them in and turn them on. Do you have any tips for shooting with continuous lighting?
I appreciate any help you may give me!!
Thanks for the email. Glad you are enjoying the presets 🙂
To answer your questions:
1. There are huge advantages to shooting in RAW rather than JPG. You can; change white-balance in post processing, recover huge amounts of detail from shadows and even edit non-destructively. I tend to always shoot in RAW, unless I’m shooting sports/action and need very fast buffer speeds – when file size becomes important. Set this by going to MENU – SHOOTING MENU – Image quality – NEF (RAW) or NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine (if you want both RAW and JPEGs) – OK.
2. I prefer seamless paper for backdrops. My recommendations can be seen here: http://www.camerastupid.com/backdrops-stands/
Also, this is how I like to hang the rolls: http://www.camerastupid.com/make-a-seamless-backdrop-holder-out-of-hooks-conduit/
3. Most of the cheaper continuous lights are difficult to work with for photography because they just don’t put out enough light. You can try cranking up your ISO but I find that it’s hard to get enough light without introducing too much noise. If you’re really interested in studio lighting, I highly recommend getting a speedlight, umbrella, and a couple pocket wizard wireless triggers: http://www.camerastupid.com/recommended-flash-gear/
Flashes put out much more light than most continuous light sources and will give you more creative freedom.
Hope that helps!
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