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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.
It's a good idea to keep your cool when on a shoot. And that's especially true when you're dealing with your lights. these lights can get very, very hot, and they can get hot for a couple of reasons. One, the modeling light if you have it turned way up is going to heat up, and second, the more you flash that strobe, the hotter the light's going to get. And eventually it could actually shut down until it cools off. So there's a couple of things that are built into the light that we know that will keep it cool. And that's the fan.
And we looked at the fan, or we actually heard the fan in early, in an earlier video. But in addition to letting the fan do its job. It's important that when you are just working with talent or you are setting up your camera or maybe changing a lens. There is no need to keep these modelling lights on, and sometimes even keeping the light power. So it's really important for the life span of this bulb, to turn it off or turn it down when you're not using it.
You'll notice in a lot of studios they don't have the modeling light cranked up all the way to see these shadows. It's just a hint. As a matter of fact, I personally like to keep my modeling light relatively dim. Turn it up when necessary, and for the most part, let the strobe do the work. So it's important to try to keep them cool. And another thing to keep in mind is, as soon as you're done and you turn these lights off, don't start moving them around or packing them up. Let them cool off because that again is a dangerous thing to do, is moving a hot light.
Not only can you hurt the light, because it's in a more fragile state, if a light blows at this point, it could hurt the people around you.
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