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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.
Another reason I love to work with strobes, is it's much easier to freeze action, and not have to worry about my shutter speed being so slow that I get blurry movement. As a matter of fact, when working with strobes, there are two things involved. First of all, you can set your shutter speed faster, say, 125th of a second but you don't go too fast, and we'll look at that a little bit later. So you set your camera at a fast shutter speed, and these lights they actually flash in a much shorter interval then even your shutter, so maybe a 800ths of a second or 1 2000ths of a second.
And you're literally only exposing your image for that short period of time. And it's great if you want to shoot dancers or motion, and make sure that it's stills tack sharp.
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