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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.
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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