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Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 09

Light Boxes This lighting accessory also comes in a variety of sizes from extra small to extra large and can be custom built for very large product needs, such as cars. The size of light spread and highlight needed for your subject will determine the size of light box you should use.  Light boxes, also […]

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 08

Reflectors: Most lights come with reflectors and they usually average around 7” in size. These reflectors are usually silver and are meant to reflect the light coming from the flash. The size and surface of the reflector determines the spread of the light and the quality. A 7” reflector has around an 80 degree spread […]

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 07

EQUIPMENT There is a vast array of lights and accessories that can be applied to your lighting needs and each creates a different quality of lighting effects. In this lesson we will cover the basic equipment needed for commercial product photography and what type of light each produces.  First, consider the other equipment that should […]

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 06

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 05

CONTROLLING FLASH AND AMBIENT The rule:  Shutter speed controls Ambient light, f/stop or aperture controls flash. This can be difficult to understand, but is really quite simple.  The shutter speeds on your camera controls the length of time that light is allowed to expose the picture.  F/stop or aperture only controls the amount of light […]

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 04

INVERSE SQUARE LAW This is another important fact about light. The illumination of a light source varies inversely by the square of the distance from the source. Huh? When you move a light source away from the subject, the light falls off.  If you have a light source three feet from your subject and move […]

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 03

These four images show the same light angles. The left portrait is frontal beauty lighting while the second portrait is 45 degree light. The beer is lit from the side and the climber is backlit, creating a silhouette.

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 02

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 01

Understanding Light Lighting is a key ingredient in defining a successful photo. Without light, there would be no photography or life as we know it. Think of how light affects the world around us. The landscape is shaped by light and gives you a visual story in showing the layout of the land by defining […]

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