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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.
>> You've probably got a handle on positioning lights. Aba, what's another way to get better results or refine results with your lights? >> Well, one of the things that will probably come with your kit is a variety of modifiers. Whether that's umbrellas, whether those are elements to focus, reflectors. You might have soft boxes. You might even have some things around your studio that you can use to control the light, and what we're going to do is look at how you can use some of these, and show you the before and the after, so you can get better images.
>> We have several different ones to try out, so we're going to make this really simple. We're going to go through them one at a time. And some of these pieces of equipment you might already own, some you don't. The good news is, is by showing you the before and the after, it will be really easy to see the impact. We're also going to call out any camera changes that we're making along the way. So, lets go ahead and get started. Aba, what's the first one we're going to work with? >> Well we already have a cone on the light, and I actually like the way it looks, it's very dramatic, but there's strong shadows. So we're going to start modifying this.
And we're going to use a reflector with one light to fill the darkness and get a nice softer look.
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