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How to use photo studio

Learn how to use photo studio with these basic steps.

Operating a photography studio can be intimidating, but it needs not to be. Following these few key steps to ensure a smooth studio experience.

Note: This guide is written with H2 Studio in mind, but these basic steps are applicable for most other photography studios as well.

Camera exposure mode: Manual

When typically working in a photo studio environment, you want to have exact control over all three exposure components (shutter speed, f-stop, sensitivity). Your camera doesn’t have any form of communication with the studio strobes, which renders any mode of auto exposure (even aperture priority or shutter priority) inoperable.

Use the following settings as the basis for your setup:

Setting up the trigger and receiver

Jinbei TRS-V trigger
Jinbei TRS-V trigger

Take a provided trigger (Jinbei TRS-V) and mount it on your camera’s hot shoe. The trigger should be tightened, but not overly so, to prevent it from getting stuck.

Press and hold the big button in the center to turn it on. When you see a red light flashing once, the trigger is on. Do note that the trigger will turn itself off after a period of non-usage, you will have to turn it on again.

The trigger is set up to sync with the front right strobe (MSN 600 TTL). That strobe must be turned on to receive the trigger’s signal, it is the master light. The other three strobes are set as optical slaves, which will trigger following a flash from the master light. The slaves only need to be turned on when necessary.

Note: For Sony Alpha users

Sony cameras (and to their predecessors, Konica Minolta) before released 2012 have a different hot shoe (dubbed as iISO) and are incompatible with the provided triggers. If you’re using one of those cameras, please ask us for the hot shoe adaptor.

iISO hot shoe
iISO hot shoe
iISO to ISO adapter
iISO to ISO adapter
Sony camera with adapter and trigger
Sony camera with adapter and trigger

Adjusting the strobes’ power

The master strobe’s power can only be adjusted via the remote trigger. Press the + button (right button) to increase the power, and the – button (left button) to decrease the power.

The power of the 3 slaves can be adjusted on the strobes themselves.

Controlling the mounted backdrops

Background controller
Background controller

The mounted backdrops can be rolled up or down by pressing the buttons on the control panel at the wall. Press the buttons to see which backdrop moves and adjust accordingly. The five mounted backdrops can be rolled up and down at any time you want.

There are several other loose backdrops, which will require manual mounting onto the stands. Please kindly request help from our staff for these.

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