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Continuous lighting is useful if mixing video into the shoot


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Up and Running with Studio Strobes

with Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro

Video: Continuous lighting is useful if mixing video into the shoot

Abbott, near and dear to my heart and often
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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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Up and Running with Studio Strobes
3h 37m Beginner Nov 15, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Why shoot with strobes?
  • Buying a lighting setup or parts
  • Mixing brands
  • Understanding the components of a studio strobe kit
  • Getting to know your lights
  • Triggering a light
  • Setting up your lights effectively
  • Testing your strobes
  • Modifying strobe lights
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Lighting
Authors:
Richard Harrington Abba Shapiro

Continuous lighting is useful if mixing video into the shoot

Abbott, near and dear to my heart and often in my bank account, is the fact that I get booked for a lot of video shoots and a lot of photographers are seeing this happen these days. They're doing behind the scenes videos. They're doing corporate interviews. You need this type of lighting to do that right? >> Right. You can't use strobes to shoot video. And all of these cameras now will shoot video, they'll shoot stills, and there's that expectation when you walk in to say a wedding or an event that you may need to provide both.

So that's the beauty of some of these lights. >> Yeah. >> And they are different. You can get some constant or continuous lights that are only so bright and then, you can get ones that are ridiculously bright. And that's where cost comes in. >> Yeah. >> And brand. And even the style, whether it's an LED or if it's a CFL. >> Now, another good point to consider that I think is sort of an added benefit. A lot of the studio strobes can be cheated and used as continuous lights for purposes of a video interview.

Because remember, with a video interview, you're going to be using shutter speeds of somewhere between a 30th and a 60th of a second. So slower shutter speeds than we are for flash and you have the ability to turn up the modeling light, right? >> Absolutely. And that depends a lot on the different type of unit that you have. Some have a modeling light that's not that bright, and in other cases, the modeling lights of some of these strobes are even much brighter than these constant lights. >> Yeah, and we're seeing more and more manufacturers starting to introduce using LED lights for the modeling lights, so you're sort of getting the best of both worlds.

I imagine, at some point, some manufacturer is just going to embrace this fully and they're going to say. Let's just make a light at the strobe and a great LED light or a great constant or continuous light. We're practically there already, but the good news is, is that you need to know both types of lighting. If you really feel totally inexperienced with lighting, I would say put up some continuous lights and play with the exposure triangle on your camera. Experiment by putting the camera in manual mode and see if you can dial in the proper exposure without having to rely on aperture priority or an auto mode.

>> And as a matter of fact, with these newer cameras, what's really cool is that I can crank up the ISO to much higher levels than I could in the past so I can have a slower shutter speed, and I can still control my depth of field and I don't get all the grain that I would have in a camera a few years old. >> Alright, so you now understand the benefits of where the continuous lights fit in the spectrum of studio lighting, but of course you came here today to learn all about strobe lights. So up next, we're going to explore the decisions you need to make when you're choosing which gear to put into your kit.

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