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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.
It's going to give you results. Now the good news is, is that we're seeing more and more modifiers designed for speed lights. You can put a flash bender on there. There are some great other systems out there, that really help you shape the light. But at the end of the day, there's just not as many options. Now, it's good. Remember, speed lights often serve a purpose, and they work really well. But with a strobe here I can get more things done. And what I've got going on here is you see, we've got a scoop on the front of this light to help shape it. Well we could start to attach diffusion to the front of this.
As you see some of the soft boxes behind it or we could take a snoot to shape the light, focus it down. We can use a honeycomb grid to diffuse it. We could take a big dish and actually spread this light out over a much wider surface. There are tons of options. Now, a lot of people get intimidated when they hear the words, tons of options. And, let's be honest, you are looking at additional cost. But today, we're going to explore lots of different modifiers for lights And you're going to see what they all do. You don't need to run out and buy all of them.
And you might not even start with any of them. But the good news is is that I want you to understand what each modifier does so you can match it to your style of shooting. And what you're generally going to see is greater flexibility. Now we're in a controlled environment with studio lighting and as such we can have as much gear as we want. There's plenty of shelves, I could just reach over. But we will address workflows when you're in the field and you need to be a bit more conservative as well. And there are certain pieces of equipment that are just going to give you a lot of flexibility with low weight and low cost.
So we'll explore all of that a little bit later. Control.
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