Studio Lighting – Playing Around With the New Canon 5D Mark II

Thursday afternoon offered up some down time for me to utilize the great studio we have here at Steve Smith Photography in an effort to understand different light placements. Steve has been gracious enough to give me free range to all the equipment available. One of the newest editions to the quiver of equipment is the Canon 5D Mark II. Steve purchased two of these as back-up cameras to his Canon 1Ds Mark III & Mark II’s. I was eager to check out to learn the tethered interface with this new 21 MegaPixel workhorse. *If you’re not real familiar with the tech side of the cameras then skip this next section as may be boring.

With the shipment of Adobe’s CS4 in full swing, Adobe has chosen to not continue its upgrades any of the the CS3 Raw software. If you’ve purchased a Canon 5D Mark II and are still using CS3 to process your Raw files you may encounter a bit of a speed bump. The Mark II’s Raw output is no longer savvy with CS3. I have heard rumors of updating the plug-ins for CS3 but was unsuccessful in the process. So, if you’re like me and don’t want to deal with the plug-in ordeal or fork over another $200 to upgrade to CS3 then you might just be stuck with Canon’s processing software, Digital Photo Professional. I found this program to be fairly straight forward and easy to pick up. However, I will say that I’m not a huge fan of this software, especially when shooting tethered. My preferred method is to use CS3’s Bridge to view the images. In Digital Photo Professional it takes a few extra steps to get to a blow up version of your Raw file. Additionally, the Digital Photo Professional has only meager Raw adjustments compared to CS3’s Raw workflow. If you’d like more details on how to use Digital Photo Professional I’d be happy to go into more detail later, just post a comment.

Now, back to the fun stuff. I’ve always been intrigued by single light sources that provide harsh angular details. I spent the majority of my day arranging 1-2 raw heads around. I apologize in advance for the monotonous “hands in the pockets” shots..

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

I wanted to create more of a stage spotlight look so I cut all the ambient lights except for the overhead strobe modeling light. I also added a black snoot to the raw head in order to focus the beam of light in a more concentrated location. (The snoot was just a 24″x8″ sheet of black metal paper similar to tin foil that I wrapped around the raw head and secured with some gaffers tape.)

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Then there were a few with a secondary strobe firing off camera firing into the backdrop.

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Lastly, I stripped the snoot and pulled the light down to eye level directly off to my left.

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Studio Lighting - Ray J. Gadd Photography

Hope you enjoy and please feel free to ask any questions. Cheers!

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~ by skier2435 on December 12, 2008.

One Response to “Studio Lighting – Playing Around With the New Canon 5D Mark II”

  1. good stuff for sure. my this outfit looks mighty familiar đŸ˜‰
    thanks for your link.

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