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Up and Running with Studio Strobes
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Monolights and flash heads


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Up and Running with Studio Strobes

with Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro

Video: Monolights and flash heads

So you've gotten around to ordering your light kit, and it has arrived. And there's a little fan, and all of this actually will go to another item.
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  1. 4m 6s
    1. Welcome
      2m 4s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      2m 2s
  2. 6m 26s
    1. Shooting with strobes
      1m 23s
    2. Strobe lighting allows you to shoot with an increased depth of field
      58s
    3. Strobe lighting has faster recharge times than flashes
      1m 39s
    4. Strobe lighting is good at freezing action
      48s
    5. Strobe lighting offers many modifiers to shape light
      1m 38s
  3. 7m 34s
    1. Continuous lighting is easier for a beginner to understand
      1m 47s
    2. Continuous lighting makes it easier to achieve soft-light looks
      2m 57s
    3. Continuous lighting is useful if mixing video into the shoot
      2m 50s
  4. 20m 47s
    1. Buying piecemeal vs. buying a kit
      2m 29s
    2. Criteria for selecting lights
      5m 57s
    3. How many lights do you need?
      3m 0s
    4. How much power do you need
      5m 37s
    5. Mixing brands
      3m 44s
  5. 16m 40s
    1. Monolights and flash heads
      2m 22s
    2. Reflectors and diffusers
      3m 54s
    3. Lighting stands and booms
      3m 49s
    4. Power pack or power supplies
      4m 29s
    5. Sync cable
      2m 6s
  6. 19m 7s
    1. Handling the lamp or bulb
      2m 52s
    2. The role of the modeling light
      4m 36s
    3. Keeping lights cool
      1m 46s
    4. The master and slave relationship for lighting
      4m 5s
    5. Essential controls
      5m 48s
  7. 14m 59s
    1. Connecting the sync cable
      3m 16s
    2. Using a wireless transmitter
      7m 7s
    3. Slaving with a speedlight
      4m 36s
  8. 34m 6s
    1. Setting shutter sync speed
      4m 56s
    2. Setting an initial aperture and ISO
      2m 28s
    3. Controlling power output
      3m 1s
    4. Moving lights (the inverse-square rule)
      2m 8s
    5. Using a light meter in camera
      4m 4s
    6. Using an external light meter
      1m 45s
    7. Test shooting with one light at a time
      2m 5s
    8. Putting it all together
      1m 39s
    9. Controlling exposure with power or aperture
      1m 6s
    10. Refining exposure with ISO
      1m 39s
    11. Tethering to a laptop
      5m 22s
    12. Checking the shots on a computer
      3m 53s
  9. 31m 38s
    1. Modifying strobe lights
      1m 9s
    2. Bouncing the light with a reflector
      4m 26s
    3. Bouncing the light with a bounce card
      1m 12s
    4. Shaping the light with a beauty dish
      3m 5s
    5. Diffusing the light with an umbrella
      5m 50s
    6. Diffusing the light with a softbox
      4m 49s
    7. Focusing the light with a snoot
      6m 58s
    8. Modeling the light with grids and honeycombs
      2m 2s
    9. Using flags to restrict the light
      2m 7s
  10. 14m 50s
    1. Three-light setup
      6m 52s
    2. Three-light dramatic portrait
      4m 59s
    3. Four-light setup
      2m 59s
  11. 46m 56s
    1. Take the challenge
      55s
    2. Solution
      29s
    3. Portrait challenge 1
      8m 6s
    4. Portrait challenge 2
      3m 10s
    5. Portrait challenge 3
      12m 55s
    6. Portrait challenge 4
      3m 19s
    7. Portrait challenge 5
      4m 28s
    8. Portrait challenge 6
      9m 5s
    9. Portrait challenge 7
      4m 29s
  12. 39s
    1. Next steps
      39s

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Up and Running with Studio Strobes
3h 37m Beginner Nov 15, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Why shoot with strobes?
  • Buying a lighting setup or parts
  • Mixing brands
  • Understanding the components of a studio strobe kit
  • Getting to know your lights
  • Triggering a light
  • Setting up your lights effectively
  • Testing your strobes
  • Modifying strobe lights
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Lighting
Authors:
Richard Harrington Abba Shapiro

Monolights and flash heads

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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