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In this course, Rich Harrington and Abba Shapiro give beginning photographers a brisk look at using strobe lights in a studio setting—lessons that easily translate to the field and locations, inside and out. Learn why shooting with strobes and continuous lighting makes such a big impact on your photographs, and how to buy a good, affordable starter kit. Rich and Abba also show how to set your gear up, trigger your lights, and make modifications with accessories like reflectors, umbrellas, and soft boxes. Finally, learn how to make the most of what you have in a series of lighting challenges.
So, Rich it looks like you're about to start a construction project. You have a piece of poster board or fiber card. What, what do you have there? >> Well, this is just a piece of foam core. But you nailed it actually, a poster board, anything. It's a large reflective surface. And it's not as shiny as the reflectors we were just using, but it's also readily available. There's times I've been in the field I can't find a reflector or we forgot one or we lost it. And you just run around the hotel, or the event, or you send somebody out to a drugstore.
And you come back with a giant card. >> So simply a drugstore would have something like that? >> Absolutely, a hardware store, anything. So yeah, why don't you take a shot without it, and then we'll put it in. >> Okay, Valerie you're giving me that million dollar smile again. There we go. And this is without, and let's go ahead and have Rich step in and kind of aim it. And we'll do one more. Three, two, one. And as you see, it not only fills in her face, but it also nicely fills in the detail on her shirt. So, there you are. One light, a trip to the drugstore, and you've probably improved your shot a 1000%.
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