I have purchased a and have read a plethora of confusing and conflicting literature on the correct techniques for studio portraiture.
Could you give me advice on what I should or should not be doing. I won't mention brand names of the I have purchased so will keep this generic and hypothetical.
Let's say I have a four set up: key, fill, hair and background lights. I am not so much concerned about the mix between continuous fluorescent lighting and any strobes I might be using.
Okay here we go. From my understanding, I might want to:
Firstly the key (let's say eg f/11), aiming directly at the from the subject. I would turn all other lights off to do this
Then I would the fill 1 under at f/8 (turning other lights off), aiming directly at the fill from the subject.
the background at f/11 (with main and fill on), holding the back of the against the background where the falls and aiming at the camera.
the hairlight at f/8 (all other lights on), aiming from the side of the head.
This would then give me my lighting ratios in relation to the key and fill.
After being satisfied I had my power settings and distances correct for the or I wanted to shoot at, I would then take my final overall incident reading (with all lights on) from a position at the subject (let's say under the chin), aiming the directly at the axis of the camera .
Have I got that right? In summary, my understanding is that the individual readings are only to determine the ratio in relation to each other. The final reading (the one aimed at the camera from under the subject's chin) is the actual one I use to determine my final settings on camera.
Cheers and thanks in advance.