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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.
So you bought your brand new light kit. You're ready to put it together. You open up the box, and I'll tell you right off the bat, the bulbs won't be inside the instruments yet, because when you ship it they would break. They'll probably be in a box, and there's a couple rules you'll need to follow. And, I also want to talk a little bit about the setup of these lights here. So, if you notice, I do have a set of gloves here and you may be thinking, oh I need gloves for when the lights are hot. You actually should use gloves, even when the lights are not hot, when you're installing them because when you pull it out of this box, you have oils on your fingers and if those oils get onto the lamp and as the lamp heats up, it can actually cause the bulb to burst.
And can also cause the light to have a much shorter life expectancy. So some people use the fact that these bulbs are often wrapped in a little bit of paper, or cellophane. And they put it in, it's good to have a set of gloves around anyway. Because eventually, you will have to adjust the light when it is hot. So an investment in a pair of gloves when you buy a light kit. Is a very good thing to do. Now each of these actually has two lights in them. They have both a modelling light and the flash bulb, or the globe.
Now these three are very different, and we're going to take a quick look at them. This light here, as you can see, there's a rounded part and a part that sticks out. Now I'm going to turn on the modeling light and as you can see, it's that center light that's rather bright. And I can control the luminance, how bright it is. And then the outer light is actually my flash unit. Now on this second light the design is a little different. If you look close in, the background of the modeling light is created through LEDs.
Which have a longer shelf life, are less susceptible to breakage. And then in the inner area is actually what's going to flash. And I can turn this on and increase or decrease the luminance of the modelling light. And then finally, if we look over here at this third light. This actually has the two lights inside. But on top of that there's a glass dome. So if there's a situation where the light is going to break maybe, lights do pop, it's a lot safer.
And also there's less chance of you breaking the light by putting your hand in or bumping something into it. So as you see, three lights, all doing the same thing, but they're going to have slightly different configurations. So, read the manual, see how to put the lights in. Remember. Don't touch the bulb with your bare hands because of your, the oils on your hand. And always keep spare bulbs around. Because these are sometimes really tricky to find at the last minute when you're on the road.
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