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Join photographer and The Whole Picture host Erin Manning as she demonstrates the essential techniques beginning photographers need to know to start working with studio lighting. Erin introduces the two types of artificial light (speedlights and studio strobes), shows how to assemble a continuous lighting setup, and then explains key concepts such as lighting ratios. She also offers tips for getting better results from an on-camera flash, and taking your photos to the next level with an external speedlight.
With studio lighting, there are all kinds of lights you can use. For this course, we're going to be working with daylight balanced fluorescent light in a soft box. So let's begin by setting up one of the light stands we'll use to hold the light. Now, the first thing you want to do is look for this little knob here and just loosen it up a little bit. This allows you to pull the legs out. Apply some pressure, and make sure that these bars here come about parallel with the ground. This gives you the most stability. And then make sure whatever you loosen up that you tighten back up.
Nice and stable. Now, these two knobs here are for adjusting the height of your, of your light stand. So let's say I want to make it a little bit taller. Just loosen that up. I can raise this up a little bit and then tighten it back up. Now let's set up the soft box. Now this happens to be a collapsible soft box, and inside, you see a light source socket. Now what, want to, what you want to do is make sure that all four of these little posts here fit inside the pockets on each side of the corner. Now look inside and you see a little round insert.
This is going to be pushed down over the light socket, like so, (SOUND) and it snaps in place. You want to make sure it's in there securely so it doesn't pop out and damage the bulb. And now, what I want to do is put this on top of the light stand, right here. So we want to make sure that this is cleared out, that this, this is backed out here and it's open to be fit on top, of the light stand. You just want to push it down and then tighten it up, like so. Now, here, on the other side of the light stand is another important knob and this is the tilt knob.
And I just loosen this up a little bit and it allows me to adjust the soft box anywhere I want, up and down. When I get it in place, just tighten it back up like that. And, now we're going to put in the bulb. And this is the daylight balanced fluorescent bulb, and you just **** it in like a regular household bulb. So, (SOUND) want to make sure it's in there snug but don't force anything. Now I'm going to put on a diffusion panel. This helps soften the light.
So it just fits right over the soft box corners, like so, and there's little pieces of Velcro on here that help attach it after you to fit it on. Just kind of pinch it like so. Now, all you need to do is plug it into the wall and, like so, this little plug, and you turn it on, right here on the on off switch right on the cord, and you're ready to go.
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