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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.
Alba, one question that I still struggle with when I put together my light kit was how many lights do I need? And, and of course the easy answer is how much money do you got. >> Right and how much can you carry. >> But it's not that simple right. You can really, let's just sort of break it down at the beginning, having no strobe lights is, obviously you wouldn't be watching this class so lets start with one. Is one light enough? >> One light is a good way to learn how to light. But it is inevitable that you ultimately would want at least two lights to work with.
One light you can mold it a little bit and you can have stronger shadows unless you actually use some modifiers and reflectors, but if I was going to start with a kit, knowing that I was going to grow probably within the year, I think starting off with two lights is a really good place to be and you can grow from that point. Even though there are kits that have three lights and four lights directly out of the box. >> So, sort of think of it this way, if you are putting together a kit, or you're going to rent a kit or borrow some gear, and actually rental is a good idea.
You and I are both fans of try before we buy. We'll go and rent equipment and shoot it or we'll find a friend that has it, we'll shoot with it to get familiar. But two lights you're going to see is really pretty essential because you're going to need to have your primary light source and then the fill light. If you only have one light coming in, you're going to get really hard shadows on the side of the face, which most people don't find attractive although more so in strong dramatic pictures of sporting events with the, you know, big burly men that say. >> Yeah, I'm doing a lot of you know, it's interesting if you looked at the images that I've been shooting lately of sports figures, it looks like one light, but in reality, it's three lights.
it's just controlling them. It's using a little bit of light to fill in those shadows, so you see some details. And, you need to practice, and look at lighting diagrams, and read about it, and talk to people and go on shoots. And, and here's a little trick that I, I love, if I want to see how a scene is lit, I'll actually zoom in into the eyeballs and you can see the reflection in people's eyes of what lights might have been used. You can see if there was a bright light here and a square, soft light here. And that's another great way of learning how to light something.
>> Right. And don't worry, we're going explore one light, two light, three light and four light set ups and give you some practical application so you see it. Just, I can't tell you what your personal budget is, I would encourage you to strongly consider starting with at least two lights. Three lights are useful and four lights is kind of like trying to learn how to juggle with four objects. It's a lot easier to start with a few less things and really get your hang of it, but if you are on a budget or a friend loaned you one strobe light, with a single strobe and some reflectors, you can still make better pictures.
So, the answer is really a personal decision for you. We're going to show you how to get results with any number of lights, from one to four and we'll cover that throughout the class today.
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