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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.
Before we jump in and get into the meat of the course, there's a couple things we want to make sure you know that you need to know to get started. First off, you need to be familiar with your camera. We're going to be using some Nikon gear, some Canon gear today, all sorts of different stuff. This will work with any camera, but you need to know your camera. So if we're talking about getting into the menus and finding certain settings, you have to know how to get into the menu and hunt and peck. You're going to want to be familiar with how to control the camera, using the dials, and how to make some basic changes.
The good news is, is here on the lynda.com library, there are a lot of camera specific training. And of course you do have access to your camera's manual, if you need to look something up. If you don't know where your camera's manual is, go to the manufacturers website. >> And speaking of manual. >> Yeah. >> You should have a good understanding on how to shoot in the manual mode in your camera. That means setting aperture, and shutter speed, and perhaps even your ISO, so you can control the triangle, because you'll be using that in conjunction with the strobe.
And now you're not going to be able to use any of those automatic features, because the quality and the power of the light when you press the shutter, is very different from the light when the strobe pops. >> So, just make sure you dig in, get familiar with your gear, find your camera manual, and if you've already purchased lighting equipment track down those manuals as well. Now, it seems kind of strange. You're watching a training course, probably because you don't like reading manuals. And don't worry, we're not saying read 'em first, but there is going to be specific information that relates to your gear, and every piece of gear is a little bit different.
We're going to cover all the core concepts that are universal as well as advanced techniques. But you may have to look up a specific setting, or which button do I need to press on my light, or which option do I need to change in my camera. And that's where having access to your manuals is going to really come in handy. All right. We've talked about a lot stuff, you ready to start going? >> I'm ready to go. >> All right. Let's get lighting.
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