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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 you've gotten around to ordering your light kit, and it has arrived. >> Yep. >> And let's take a look at some of the things that actually might be contained in that light kit. So you have an understanding of what's what. And so you don't accidentally throw anything away. >> Yeah. The obvious one that you spent the most money on is probably the light itself. Which you're seeing here, and depending upon the type of kit you ordered, you might actually have different shapes, you know, here we have a, a mono light where most of the stuff is all self-contained. There's going to be electronics on the back of the light, a place to plug in a cord.
It's pretty much a self-contained unit as opposed to what you have there. >> And this is basically just a flash head. It's no power. There is no controls. And there's a little fan, and all of this actually will go to another item. To a power pack which is everything that would have been in the back here. And as a matter of fact, we have a couple of extra pieces on here. >> Yeah. >> That we don't really have on there yet. >> And what's going to happen is the reason why that has a smaller fan is that because all you have are the bulbs over there, you don't need as much of a fan.
On the other hand, when you have all the power supply in the electronics, that's what makes this so much deeper. I mean, really, that light and this light are the same up to about here. And then everything else takes over, whether it's internal, in this case, or external, in the power pack or the controller pack. >> And keep in mind, every time you flash your strobe, it heats up. And so if you're snapping, snapping, snapping, you're going to build up a lot of heat in here, and you also have the power pack building up a lot of heat in there. That's why you need generally a bigger fan, and these would often be louder than a separate flash head.
>> Alright, so pretty straight forward here. Again, don't be freaked out if they come in and they look really small. But if the lights are that small, chances are you do have an external power pack or a controller pack which we'll look at in a moment. But everything else is pretty good. I recommend that you're careful. We'll talk more later on about changing bulbs. Most often, the lights are going to come pre-installed in the light. It will be packed safely but you may need to install the bulbs in or the globes in as you're working. Just make sure you are careful when doing that. Strongly recommend you wear a pair of gloves to keep the oil off of the surface.
We'll talk more about that a little bit later. But go ahead and get them out and unboxed and ready to go, and when we come back we'll talk about some more things that you're going to have.
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