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Continuous lighting is easier for a beginner to understand

From: Up and Running with Studio Strobes

Video: Continuous lighting is easier for a beginner to understand

>> Abba, before we dig into going

Continuous lighting is easier for a beginner to understand

>> 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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Up and Running with Studio Strobes

62 video lessons · 5120 viewers

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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