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Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 11

Light Meters

This is a very handy tool, although these days I don’t believe they are absolutely necessary.  The purpose for a light meter is to measure light output. The best meter to get is a combination incident and flash.  The incident meter is for metering ambient or existing light that is not flash. The flash mode is for metering flash output. You will use these to determine flash ratios and how it  is combined with ambient light. If you are using flash only, you will use the meter to measure the highlight side and the fill side separately. This will give you your flash ratios.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 12

How do the light work?

For this example I will only describe the back of a White Lightning as I believe most strobes are similar.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 13

Connecting to the camera

The camera is connected to the strobe with a PC cord, also known as a sync cord. Once connected, the release of the shutter in the camera sends a signal to the flash to fire at the same time. Most cameras have a PC cord/Sync socket on the camera body.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 14

Packing Your Lights

You should be concerned and careful about how you pack your lights for transport. Because I do so much on location, I decided to use the Pelican 1650 cases, the biggest they make. I can get 5 lights, reflectors, spare tubes, cords, grids, and more in each case. The reason I went with these is they are airline proof for the most part. The cases that come with many lights are great for moving around, but get destroyed on the airlines. Carefully research how you pack your equipment.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 15

WHICH LIGHT ACCESSORY TO USE?

The main thing to remember with lighting is you need to use a light source that will create the quality of light you need for your subject. Do you need hard or soft light, high contrast or low contrast, small highlight or big? Do you need focused light or a broad light? Umbrellas spread light far and wide and this is a factor if you are lighting a subject, but don’t want the light to hit the surroundings around your subject. A light box also creates a soft or contrasty light, but allows you control where the light goes. Do you need a specific light shape such as a specular highlight or a light streak on a background? Grids are excellent for controlling where small splashes of light are placed.

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Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 16

People in the Studio

We are asked to photograph people to tell us who they are, what they are like, and we do it by capturing their personality. As humans, we get our impression about a person by responding to the visual stimuli when we see that person. It is human nature to form an opinion of this person based on this visual impression. This human nature response can be an attraction, a repulsion, or curiosity.   As photographers, our job is to photograph people to make them look visually attractive or to photograph them to fit a conceptual idea, such as a model acting in a role.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 17

If you are shooting full length, then you need to pull the paper down with enough to sweep it across the floor, allowing enough paper for the subject to stand on and have the paper stretch 3’ from where they stand towards the camera. I then duct tape the paper to the floor. They will leave footprints on the paper that you will have to retouch out and I always cut off the section of paper and throw away. The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 18

BASIC PORTRAIT SETUPS

The first thing to understand about lighting people is light angle and light shape. From there you take into consideration, hard/soft, contrasty/flat, and other light qualities. Since most portraits are taken using complimentary light quality, we will focus most of our attention on that rather than alternative lighting techniques.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 19

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Beginners Guide to Strobe Lighting: Page 20

Short Light

This light is minimal compared to Rembrandt, just putting a small amount of light on your subject. The light is placed approximately 90 degrees to the side of the camera and pointed at your subjects face. For this light to work your subject would be turned towards the light.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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