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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.
Now, we've talked a lot about something called the modeling light and, I want to go a little bit deeper into that and explain to you how it works and how you can actually set it to be the luminance level that you need. Now again we have three very different styles of lights, and I'm going to go over to this first one, this is a very basic light, this is the light that actually. Was using the power brick, and there's only one knob, or one dial here. But actually it's a switch, it's neither a knob or a dial, and I can kick it on, and there's a little tiny fan to keep it cool.
And you'll notice now that the modeling light, is on and it's on at a certain brightness, a certain luminescence, and I can control that, I can go down here to the controls and make it brighter. And as you can see, it gets pretty bright. But, never as bright as that flash is going to be. Now, the whole purpose of a modeling light is to allow you to see how the light's going to play against the other lights. And give you an idea of where shadows will fall. I'm going to go ahead and bring this down. Just so we don't blind everybody.
And you can use this modeling light if you're shooting video, if it is bright enough. So, depending on the unit that you buy, if you have a bright modeling light you can crank it up. One thing to keep in mind, and you'll notice as I step over and turn each of these units on. Because there's a fan, that's going to be picked up by the microphone. As a matter of fact, you might be hearing a little bit of a whir in the background underneath my voice because I'm standing so close to these lights. Now, the second light here, uses the LEDs, and, I'm going to go ahead and turn this on.
And as you see we have these LED's that will illuminate the talent and I can turn the brightness up. And usually with a unit like this, the same switch that you use to make the flash brighter or less bright is also the switch that you would use to make the modeling light brighter or less bright. So, it's a press of the button. And now, I'm actually controlling a different aspect of the light. Let me go ahead and turn this back to you. And as you can see, I can make that brighter, or dimmer.
Now in the case of LEDs, they're not going to get as bright as this unit here. But they're also not going to get as hot. Just two different styles. And again, you can turn the modeling light up and down just to get a feel of how the light's going to play on your talent, and where the shadows are going to fall. We go over to this, the third light here, and again, I'm going to power it on. Now, this light here is. Not an LED, and it requires a lot more cooling than the other light.
So, actually the fan's louder. So, this will be more of an issue, if you use the modeling light as your primary light by turning up its luminance. And again, it's a very similar situation that you have a knob that you can turn up. And if you press it, you're switching between the luminance, or the brightness of the modeling light, and the brightness of the actual flash. So, we can go ahead and turn that around. Let's power that on. And I can control how dim or how bright that is.
Now in this case, because it's a higher-end unit, I have another option. I have a little button here called Full. And if I go ahead and I press Full, and I'm going to turn it away from the camera, it will temporarily bring the luminance of the modelling light to 100%. And then, I can bring it back down to however I set it by pressing that button again. Now you'll notice there's this little beep that's going on in the background. You'll hear that throughout this course because basically most strobes have some sort of an audible warning that says I am fully recharged and ready to fire.
So, if you're taking pictures and you're going snap, snap, snap. And you want to make sure that your lights are ready to pop at full luminance. You listen for that beep, and you know you're ready to go. It is something you can usually toggle on and off on a light. There's usually a little Audio button, and you can just switch off the Audio Feedback so that I'm distracting the people I'm taking pictures of. So, it's just a matter of pressing a simple button. Next, we'll look at, keeping your lights cool, so they work more efficiently, and have a longer life.
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