Troubleshooting Lighting Issues

Published on July 3, 2020

Troubleshooting Lighting Issues

  1. Shadow on Backdrop – Subject too close to backdrop or fill light to powerful and too directional.
  2. Flat Lighting
    • Your Main and Fill lights are powered so they give the same amount of light on both sides of the face.
    • You are too close to the main light.  The closer you are to the main light the flatter you lighting will be.
    • Your light is positioned incorrectly (usually directly in front of subject). (Remember to photograph into the shadow side for short light).
  3. Light not firing when you use remote strobe transmitter
    • Make sure your Transmitter/Receiver are on the same channel.
    • Transmitter or Receiver could need new battery.
    • Strobe bulb has been damaged and bulb needs replacing
    • Strobe bulb has come un-seated from the light and needs to be pushed back in.
  4. Slaved Lights (lights that do not have a strobe radio receiver) Not firing (Alien Bee Only, AD200 Pros have a receiver in every light)
    •  Slave sensor not sensing the flash. Re-position lights or cord them.
  5. Strobe not firing- Check bulb is seated properly in socket.

 

TIP:  If your lighting is not correct and you are having trouble determining the problem, turn on the main only… get your proper exposure and lighting pattern, then the fill and then the hair light. This will help isolate your problem, so you will know how to solve it.