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Handling the lamp or bulb

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So you bought your brand new light kit. You're ready to put it together.

Handling the lamp or bulb

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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Up and Running with Studio Strobes

62 video lessons · 5126 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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