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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.
In my hands, I have a cable that's important. In fact, you're probably going to want to have more than one of these, so you don't lose it. >> And it. >> And what's it for? >> Well, first of all, is, this the cable that you use immediately. Because you have no idea what it's for when you're unpacking. >> You're look, well this goes into my iPhone. But I don't know what this end's for. >> So I'll just put it way. But then you realize you've really hurt yourself because this is the magic cable that allows your camera to trigger one of these flashes. >> So, I'm just going to go ahead and take that in, and plug it into the sync port. It may trigger the light when you first plug it in.
But now we've got a hard link to the light, and. >> And this is basically called the PC connection. It has nothing to do with, you know, personal computers. It was long before that. >> Yes. >> And on most cameras you'll have some sort of connection probably behind one of the little rubber grommets. >> Yeah. >> And you can simply plug that in. And all that's going to happen is when I snap my shutter it's going to send a pulse to this light. The lights going to pop and then cause the other lights to pop.
>> Alright. So, go head and fire that off. >> Let me power it up. >> Good. >> And. Yep. >> Works perfectly. >> Now, that worked absolutely fine. I do recommend you get more than one of these. Some are, usually it's fairly industry standard. Like, this is just a generic brand cable but your light kit, if you bought it in a kit, may come with one. It's fairly standard, right, like can you take that and plug it in here? >> Well, you can and you can't. >> Okay. >> Because this is kind of like what you would see on your phone. >> Yeah. >> It's, it's a mini.
But, this one uses a quarter inch. So, I need to use an adapter and it's a basic adapter. >> And this is like the same type of one I would use if I wanted to plug a pair of earbud headphones into an old style jack. >> And pop it in. I can click it into here, and it works perfectly. Yup. So idea here is just make sure you're familiar with what type of connections you have on your lights. Chances are, it's going to be using either the smaller eighth inch or the quarter inch type jack. But it is fairly standard, and this is a low tech, but reliable method.
And, and I always find this to be my backup method. I don't make this the primary one because I'm not crazy about being tethered if I don't have to be tethered. I might be tethered if I'm shooting tethered shooting for a laptop. But there's times I want to really move around. And one more cable swinging behind me is one more chance of knocking a light onto the ground. >> Or knocking myself onto the ground. >> Yeah. >> Now, you can these in different lens. And I'll tell you, the times that they've saved me is outside. There's been many times when I've been outside and I don't have a good radio signal, I don't have a good optical signal, it's too bright.
I need something physical and these have come in and saved the day. >> So, think of it as your backup and your backup. Always have more than one sync cable. Use it as that hard lying method, like if the wireless stuff fails or you have too much interference from the environment, use this to ensure you get the accurate shooting. But there are two other methods to use and up next, we're going to explore how to pair the camera wirelessly to trigger the flashes.
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