Up and Running with Studio Strobes

with Abba Shapiro and Richard Harrington
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Up and Running with Studio Strobes
Video duration: 0s 3h 37m Beginner


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.

Topics include:
  • Why shoot with strobes?
  • Buying a lighting setup or parts
  • Mixing brands
  • Understanding the components of a studio strobe kit
  • Getting to know your lights
  • Triggering a light
  • Setting up your lights effectively
  • Testing your strobes
  • Modifying strobe lights


- Hi, my name's Rich Harrington. - And I'm Abba Shapiro. - And we're really excited today. We're gonna be taking a look at getting started with strobe lighting. And we're shooting in a studio environment Abba, but this translates to the field too, right? - Absolutely, you can use all the techniques and the equipment we're going to talk about whether you're in a studio, whether you're on location in someone's house, or even if you're outside. - And I just want to put you at ease. The good news here is, while we're going to be looking at lots of stuff and you see we got lots of cool gear here behind us, we're gonna start with budget-type kits, we're gonna talk to ya about how to get the most out of the gear you already own, or maybe if you haven't invested in gear yet, how to start affordably, but we will walk you through some of the great options.

- We're gonna cover basically the different types of kits you can get and the different type of lights you can get, but we're gonna start off nice and basic, - Yeah. - not with this big grandiose stuff, but we're gonna migrate towards the end to some case studies, where we're gonna actually show you how you can use different modifiers and different lights, and really get some creative shots with some simple, basic equipment. - Now I know a lot of you are going to be really tempted to jump right to the end of the course and say, "oh, show me how to shoot, get to the shooting part." But here's where I think most people suffer. I see this all the time.

You know we often say read the manual, or learn your gear. People blow past, they don't know what the gear is called. "What is that cable for, why do I need that? "Oh, how do I keep the light stand rock solid "so it doesn't fall over?" I would strongly encourage you, if you don't start with the beginning of the course, at least come back and look at this foundation material, 'cause even if you've been shooting for years, it will fill things in. But we have designed this course to be very approachable for a new shooter. - [Abba] You'll learn some things that you may have not known. Maybe you know six of the seven things we cover, but that seventh thing could be very, very useful.

- Yeah, so we've got a lot of fun stuff to do. We're gonna jump in here and we're going to walk you through how to get familiar with your lights, how to get results with your lights, and then put it into all sorts of real world scenarios so you can use these lights to get professional quality results, no matter what your budget.

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