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09-29-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Shooting inside a TV studio

Hello all,
I recently sold my k-01 and got myself a k5-ii a spare battery and a battery grip. Already upgraded the firmware to 1.04 and hopefully will get used to using this great camera. I already took few photos with it and i am liking what i get.

I have the opportunity to shoot next week in a TV studio as a sole photographer.
It is a cooking show. The chef saw few photos i shot and invited me to take photos of his dishes and some portraits of him during the show.
I am seeking for advice on what is the best combination of equipment and setting i may use, if anyone has some to give me before i pack and set my camera for the event I would really appreciate it.
I will be shooting during the show, and after.

My gear consists of:
- k5-ii
- Tamron 17-50 mm f 2.8
-Tamron 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 (if) macro
-Sigma 70-300 mm f 4-5.6 DG macro
- 2 yongnuo wireless flash trigger
- Zeikos ZE-fl70 flash i usually use in manual mode
-An old Kako 300SD Twin flash i also use on manual mode with the wireless flash trigger.

09-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #2
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Be aware that the director or producer may not want you firing your flashes during the taping so you may have to go with the light that's on the set. However, it ought to be fairly bright since it'll be lit for the tv cameras already. You might get a chance to use your flash between segments, though. That might be a good time to step in and get some close-ups of the finished dish while they're setting up for the next segment. You'll probably want your flash to match whatever type lighting they're using in the studio. You should be able to call the tv studio and talk to the production manager or stage manager and find out the color temperature of their studio lighting. If it's daylight balanced, you're good to go. If not, you might want to gel your flash so it'll match.
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I've never shot in a real studio. I did attend an event that was taped and it was a well lit stage. I thought I had the 40 but it was the 21 on the camera. The Tamron 17-50 mm f 2.8 will give you the best advantage to shoot with existing light. I doubt they will want you using flash. Here is a cropped example of what I got from the front row of seating with the 21 and no flash.





In case the EXIF is missing that f4, 1/60, hand held, k2000, DA 21mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by TaoMaas Quote
find out the color temperature
Essential. Take along at least a grey card, or ideally a Xrite Passport/ DataColor SpyderCheckr colour card (or similar) and shoot some shots with them under the lighting you will be shooting under, so that when you do your PP you will have optimum white balance and colours. Nothing worse than food looking the wrong colour. Also: remember to shoot RAW!

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Thank you TaoMaas, Clobyt and rawr for your reply, and valuable comments.
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As a follow up to this post,
here are few shots that I have taken from the studio, I would like to hear your comments plz














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Looks like you got some good ones.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Colbyt Quote
Looks like you got some good ones.
I guess so thank you

all shot with the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 handheld

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Yes nice shots. And now I am hungry after seeing that plate.
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Looks like they had the studio lit with Litepanels. Did they have them turned to daylight color balance? You got some good shots, I think. How did you feel the shoot went...and more importantly, did your chef friend like the pics you took?
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Litepanels were turned to daylight as the stage director pointed, I felt it all went well, and they were very pleased with the photos outcome.
I fixed the iso value at 400 so I may anticipate any movement blur, pictures were then worked in lightroom 5.1, I increased contrast, applied some noise reduction then some sharpening, tweeked some shadow, white, black, and decreased highlights, and here are the results.
I think they are pleasing to the eye.
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You know, a lot of times, one job like this leads to another. So now you know what to expect if you get the call again. Good job! I'm glad it worked out well for you.
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Nice work! It is also cool to see how they shot the show.
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