So I was recently hired to set up a small studio inside of a big dance party at a local club. I'm learning studio stuff pretty quickly but I still am having difficulty getting dark hair/clothes to expose properly without making my backdrop look like ****. I'm using a light meter and winging my own settings and have finally decided to give in after googling for advice for 3hrs now.
1 Octagonal 4ftish softbox
1 Rectangular 3ftish softbox
2 Silver reflector umbrellas
1 Small light stand
3 Full size light stands
Black linen backdrop/stands.
What I've tried:
Standing the model about 4ft away from the actual back of the backdrop.
Angling fill lights to hit the hair.
Adjusting my fstops and shutter speeds
I'm kinda freaking out at this point because after nearly 3 days of trying stuff and googling everything I still can't get it quiet right.
Oh and if worst comes to worst I can shoot without the backdrop, but I think my client would prefer stuff with it. So I'm not totally screwed... Just halfway.