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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 Rich, one of the things that's inevitable is you're going to mix lights. >> Yeah. >> Whether you're buying a kit and adding a light to it or you're just in a situation where you have two different brands or three different brands of light. >> We're going to end up with situations where we have different brand lights on the set, and that's fine. And even mixing different brand accessories with some of our lights, and I think the big thing to say is that's okay, as long as you test your results before the client is standing there. Or you get out in the field and realize you're missing something.
>> Right, and understand what's important to match and what is less important to match. For instance, stands. >> Right. >> Yes, there's different quality of stands. Some are heavier-duty, some are lighter-duty. Some will go up higher. But all in all, a lot of times I don't even notice which brand of stand I'm grabbing when I'm putting a light on it, unless I know it's a heavy light, I want a heavy stand. Yeah. We're in my studio today. And I easily have fiver different brands of lighting stands here.
Some of them are different styles but we've got one from five different manufacturers. So, my kit came with certain lighting stands. I don't even know where some of them are. You know, one got left on set. I replaced it. I just grabbed another one out of the studio. It's okay. The power cord that this one takes, a standard power cord. I've got a drawer full of them. It's not a big deal. I travel with spares because, that way if I forget one, when I get to the next shoot I've got an extra one in the bag. That's fine you know. Figure out what gear you have, is industry standard.
I could buy this power cord at a RadioShack. I can go behind and pull it out of a computer or a fan. And plug it in and, and be up and running. What I can't do though, is take the modifier off of this light and put it on that light. >> And that's a key thing because, yes you know, well this modifier and I'll bring this modifier. But there's a lot of times I'll do a lighting set up and I'll say, you know, I want to flip-flop the beauty dish and the soft box. And I can just flip the beauty dish and the soft box if they had the same mount ,but if they did not I have to actually move the actual light and readjust how bright it is.
But it gets confusing, and sometimes I may bring the wrong modifier for the wrong light. >> Really just think about this. It's perfectly fine to mix brands of equipment. And, as long as you're looking at having spare parts where you need 'em, some redundancy, you're going to be fine. But before you make a big investment, make sure you look up, as we've said before, what gear is going to work. Do you have an existing equipment from a previous kit that you've bought, or any light modifiers that you want to use? Do you have any battery packs that you've already invested in? Make sure you really weigh the whole decision as you're putting your kit together.
>> Yeah, there's a lot of lights that do have interchangeable parts. And the other thing is bulbs. When you're out in the field and a bulb goes, you want to be able to swap it out and you don't want to have to have seven or eight different types of bulbs. For seven or eight different types of units. >> Right, and you're not going to a Home Depot to pick up these bulbs. These are always going to be, at best, a visit to a specialty camera store, or a grip house, more likely an online order. And depending upon the brand of the light, I've seen these be special orders.
Some lights, you know? They keep in stock, they've got 'em. Other times it could be that busy season like back-to-school, or school picture time, or wedding season, and oh, we ran out it'll be two weeks before they come in. >> You should always have backup lights in your kit when you travel, no matter what. A backup of each light modeling involves, and we'll actually talk a little bit about modeling lights and bulb lights a little bit later. >> All right, so let's keep going and explore what we can do with these lights.
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