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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, before we dig into going really deep into strobe lighting, let's talk about another type of lighting which is continuous or constant lights and how they're different than strobes. >> Yeah it, it is a lot different, I'm mean as you can see, the lights are on full and this is the actual lights that we'll use to shoot our image, whereas a strobe, sometimes you see a light, it's called a modeling light, but then it flashes after that. These won't flash, it's what you see is what you get. >> And I think for some folks, this is actually important to bring up, which is that for certain types of shooters, this is an ideal lighting.
Like in this case, we're shooting product shots here, and I want to avoid any unnecessary reflections. I want simple lighting. You know, for the product shot, I move this light, I see results. I could be looking at my Viewfinder and I say oh, let's you know, move that light in a little bit closer. Or, let's bring it around the front. I absolutely could tell what it is I'm getting and so as a beginner, what I see is what I got, right? >> Right. And that's great. You're, you're, you have some limitations. >> Yeah. > > I mean we're, the monkeys are doing us a favour, they're not moving.
If the monkeys got up and flew away. >> Mm-hm. >> First of all, we'd both be pretty freaked out. >> Yes. >> But, because it's a non-moving object, we can actually use a much slower shutter speed. And we can put it on a tripod and we could even use a remote release. And we don't have to worry that it may be a thirtieth of a second or a fifteenth of a second. >> While this type of lighting is really easy to understand, particularly if you have a video background. I do want to just take a look at it briefly so you can have it as a point of reference or a point of comparison as you work with strobe lights.
And I think there is one key difference to talk about which we'll explore next and that is soft lighting.
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