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Buying piecemeal vs. buying a kit

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Abba, one question I think a lot of folks struggle with when

Buying piecemeal vs. buying a kit

Abba, one question I think a lot of folks struggle with when they're getting ready to buy is, do I buy a bunch of pieces? Like, do I just go out and pick the best of each piece and build it myself, or should I get a kit? I've got my own opinions, but I want to start with you, what do you think? If you're new and starting out, are you well suited to buy a kit or should you craft your own? >> You know, I am a big fan, Rich, of buying a kit because a lot of the times you are starting out, you are not exactly sure what you need. And the kit is pretty self-contained.

You don't have to forget that, oh, I forgot to buy stands or that you forgot to buy a modifier or I forgot to buy a power supply. So, it's, it's, you have everything. Kits come as simple as a single light kit, >> Mm hmm >> and you can move all the way up to four light kits with lots of modifiers inside. >> And one of the things I've noticed is that, a lot of times the manufacturers offer a discount on the kits, like when you buy the whole kit from them, they're marking the individual pieces down, so it tends to actually be a better deal. >> Bang for the buck, buying a kit you're going to save a lot more money and all the pieces are going to fit together.

>> Now I will say, a couple things to look for when you are shopping, sometimes there's specials which will indicate that the manufacturers getting ready to rev the line. A lot of times there'll be specials for certain times of year, like summertime, prices will go down. End of the year, prices will go down. Back to school time, busy for photography. Spring, busy with weddings. So, I've noticed that summer and winters often tend to have some of the better deals. But also, don't be afraid to look for kits that were used, maybe somebody's upgrading. Just compare what's supposed to be in the kit versus what you're buying.

And I, I have to say I really like it, it's going to sound trivial, I'm a bag guy. >> Oh yeah. >> I like that everything fits in one container. >> It's designed for the bag, and you know we both have different kits here with different bags, but they make these great bags that if you had to buy a bag, maybe it would fit, maybe it wouldn't, this one has a spot for the lighting stands, I could slide right in. >> Yeah. >> I know that if something is missing there is a gap, gap in my cape. >> You can do it yourself, but let's just say here, many pros that I know and many advanced amateurs, swallow the pride and say I'm going to buy a kit, it's easier and then I'll add onto that kit.

But don't be afraid to start. Now there are some other criteria when you go to choose a brand and when we come back, we're going to talk about some of those things that are going to affect the brand of light and the number of lights that you're going to choose.

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Up and Running with Studio Strobes

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Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro
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  1. 4m 6s
    1. Welcome
      2m 4s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      2m 2s
  2. 6m 26s
    1. Shooting with strobes
      1m 23s
    2. Strobe lighting allows you to shoot with an increased depth of field
      58s
    3. Strobe lighting has faster recharge times than flashes
      1m 39s
    4. Strobe lighting is good at freezing action
      48s
    5. Strobe lighting offers many modifiers to shape light
      1m 38s
  3. 7m 34s
    1. Continuous lighting is easier for a beginner to understand
      1m 47s
    2. Continuous lighting makes it easier to achieve soft-light looks
      2m 57s
    3. Continuous lighting is useful if mixing video into the shoot
      2m 50s
  4. 20m 47s
    1. Buying piecemeal vs. buying a kit
      2m 29s
    2. Criteria for selecting lights
      5m 57s
    3. How many lights do you need?
      3m 0s
    4. How much power do you need
      5m 37s
    5. Mixing brands
      3m 44s
  5. 16m 40s
    1. Monolights and flash heads
      2m 22s
    2. Reflectors and diffusers
      3m 54s
    3. Lighting stands and booms
      3m 49s
    4. Power pack or power supplies
      4m 29s
    5. Sync cable
      2m 6s
  6. 19m 7s
    1. Handling the lamp or bulb
      2m 52s
    2. The role of the modeling light
      4m 36s
    3. Keeping lights cool
      1m 46s
    4. The master and slave relationship for lighting
      4m 5s
    5. Essential controls
      5m 48s
  7. 14m 59s
    1. Connecting the sync cable
      3m 16s
    2. Using a wireless transmitter
      7m 7s
    3. Slaving with a speedlight
      4m 36s
  8. 34m 6s
    1. Setting shutter sync speed
      4m 56s
    2. Setting an initial aperture and ISO
      2m 28s
    3. Controlling power output
      3m 1s
    4. Moving lights (the inverse-square rule)
      2m 8s
    5. Using a light meter in camera
      4m 4s
    6. Using an external light meter
      1m 45s
    7. Test shooting with one light at a time
      2m 5s
    8. Putting it all together
      1m 39s
    9. Controlling exposure with power or aperture
      1m 6s
    10. Refining exposure with ISO
      1m 39s
    11. Tethering to a laptop
      5m 22s
    12. Checking the shots on a computer
      3m 53s
  9. 31m 38s
    1. Modifying strobe lights
      1m 9s
    2. Bouncing the light with a reflector
      4m 26s
    3. Bouncing the light with a bounce card
      1m 12s
    4. Shaping the light with a beauty dish
      3m 5s
    5. Diffusing the light with an umbrella
      5m 50s
    6. Diffusing the light with a softbox
      4m 49s
    7. Focusing the light with a snoot
      6m 58s
    8. Modeling the light with grids and honeycombs
      2m 2s
    9. Using flags to restrict the light
      2m 7s
  10. 14m 50s
    1. Three-light setup
      6m 52s
    2. Three-light dramatic portrait
      4m 59s
    3. Four-light setup
      2m 59s
  11. 46m 56s
    1. Take the challenge
      55s
    2. Solution
      29s
    3. Portrait challenge 1
      8m 6s
    4. Portrait challenge 2
      3m 10s
    5. Portrait challenge 3
      12m 55s
    6. Portrait challenge 4
      3m 19s
    7. Portrait challenge 5
      4m 28s
    8. Portrait challenge 6
      9m 5s
    9. Portrait challenge 7
      4m 29s
  12. 39s
    1. Next steps
      39s

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