Do you want to get more serious about studio professional photography or you want to expand your current lighting setup, the tutorial is intended to provide an introduction to various types of basic lighting equipment. Hopefully you’ll come away with enough knowledge to help you when shopping for new gear.
Lighting equipment can fall into one of three main categories: the light source itself, modifiers that control the propagation of light, and the grip or stand that supports the lights.
Professional studio light sources generally fall into one of two categories: You can get a kit with the head of the flash and power pack, or you can get a kit monolight.
A head and power pack kit consists of the head of a small flash and power pack that acts as a generator that supplies energy to the flash head. The head contains a flash tube that emits a flash of light was supplied with high voltage.
There are two types of power pack: symmetrical and asymmetrical power pack power pack. Power packs the same power Symmetric split between multiple flash heads. Asymmetric Power Pack allows the user to vary the power supply for different flash heads.
Monolights, on the other hand, a compact replacement for the power pack / flash combinations of the head. Their size limits their power, but they are often desirable for their portability.
After all controls on the power pack makes it easy to change settings for multiple flash head in one place quickly. Monolights comes with controls built right into the Light Itself. So if you have some monolights, you will need to control and adjust the settings of each separately. Head / power pack kit also offers a longer period of monolights faster than flash, with which can really come practical Pls you want to freeze action During fast motion. They also have faster recycle times.
If you are shooting outdoors or with a complicated setup modifiers, you will need a lot of strength to overcome the sun or the loss of light caused by the modifiers. Head / package system has great advantages in the power department. Meanwhile, if you’re shooting indoors or in your studio, monolights Probably would be more than enough for regular work.
With each option, you can find the price of equipment varies widely. Be sure also to check the gear used, because you can find good deals on lighting kits Often it can serve you well. Whatever you choose, remember it is the most durable equipment especially made of metal rather than plastic.
Most of the lights, regardless of brand or model, head of the Provide It comes in the form of strobe surrounded by a reflector. Some, like PROFOTO Acute/D4 flash head, comes with a slide and lock the zoom reflector at the position you select enabling you to control the further spread of light. Zoom reflector they, like many others, provide the ability to attach a box hive to spread even more focus, or other type of light modifiers that are used for different effects.
If your flash head does not come with a zoom reflector, you can find many types of wide or narrow reflectors sold as accessories. Wide reflectors produce a larger pool of light and a softer light quality, narrow reflectors produce smaller pools of light and a harsher light quality.
Most strobe lights allow you to completely remove the reflector and attach different kinds of light modifiers.
The most common type of light modifers umbrellas and softboxes.
Umbrella reflecting diffuse light and produce soft due to the larger size of the reflecting surface. They are mounted in such a way that the spotlight is actually facing away from the subject or model. Strobe light flies from his head hitting the inside of the umbrella and then bounces back toward the subject.
There is a silver-coated umbrellas, white, and gold. Silver-plated umbrella of the most efficient and can focus light more narrowly than other types. White umbrellas offering a wider spread of reflected light, and gold umbrellas produce a warm tone.
Softboxes on the other hand, usually square or rectangular. They are lightweight box that comes with in a reflective and transparent fronts. Softboxes come in many shapes and sizes and are attached to the front of the strobe light source above. The light emitted from the head strobe softbox get reflected in the wall and spread through the translucent front of the box it creates a soft, but more focused light source illuminating the model or scene.
Reflects the difference between an umbrella and softboxes is that the spread of light with a softbox is more contained. With an umbrella on the other hand, light can spill beyond the boundaries of reflective surfaces affect the amount of light back to the subject. Spill light can also suppress the ceiling and walls in the room cause to reflect and bounce all over the place. Umbrella just not as controlled as a softbox.
Some other tools that modify the light quality control and warehouse doors, snoots, and honeycomb grids. It is plugged directly into your strobe head with the installation of the reflector that comes with (or bought) your strobe, as discussed above.
Snoots is a narrow cone-shaped light distribution. This can be used to produce light, highly focused hard. They are often used as spot lights or light background. They are also very useful as a rim or a light to illuminate the model’s hair from behind.
Barn doors that flap around the strobe that can be opened or closed to control light and prevent it from spilling. They do not produce a concentrated light and direct as snoots, but they can be useful depending on your needs.
Honeycomb grid, as the name suggests, is basically shaped honeycomb metal grid that directs the light to spread more focused. It comes in different degrees. The smaller the grid cell tight hole through which light travels, and in turn become more focused light.
The flag of another type of light modifiers. The flag is any kind of opaque object is placed in the direct path of the light is better, to prevent lens flare, or to prevent spills. A semi-transparent flag is called impersonation, and is used to reduce light spillage.
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