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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.
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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