The tools you have in your photography studio are only as good as you are familiar with them. For example, how well you know your equipment, and their uses, could be the difference between that sought after million dollar shot, or just a so-so picture. And if you’re just taking average pictures, chances are you’re not going to be in business very long. So whether you’re a seasoned professional or an up-and-coming amateur photographer looking to make it in the business, a review of your lighting equipment from time to time is essential to keeping you on your game.
Continuous LightingContinuous lighting is just as it sounds: continuous. Specifically, it is light that stays continuously lit. This can include things like household light bulbs, tungsten lights and even fluorescent lights – anything that stays lit for an extended period of time to illuminate your subject and photo background. There are several benefits to continuous light. For example, it is cheap to acquire, perfect for the beginning photographer who is cash strapped and on a limited budget. Also, since continuous lighting is always on, it’s easier for the photographer to see where any shadowing will come into play on the backdrop, making it easier to adjust the lighting, camera or angle to get the shot you want. However, despite its advantages, continuous lighting also comes with some disadvantages. For example, it’s hot! It often emits more heat than light, so it isn’t the most comfortable setting for you or your subjects to shoot in. Another con is that continuous light is usually not balanced according to daylight.
Flash LightingFlash lighting, also known as studio flash, is the opposite of continuous lighting. Unlike continuous lighting, which is always on, flash lighting only emits light when the picture is taken. This makes it more difficult to gauge shooting locations, shadowing and other features that you want to emphasize or downplay with your subject. In other words, with studio flash, you don’t immediately know what, if any, lighting effect there will be. However, flash lighting has many advantages. For example, many studio flash units come equipped with a continuous lamp. This gives the photographer the best of both worlds, so to speak. Flash lighting also balances to daylight, unlike continuous lighting. And finally, flash units come equipped with large amounts of power, which can be easily controlled by the photographer. However, while the benefits of flash lighting seemingly outweigh the disadvantages, the photographer must take into account the cost of studio flash lighting. Such equipment is generally reserved for more experienced photographers, as the gear is typically much more expensive. Flash lighting is most commonly used by professionals and advanced photographers, who like to have complete control in illuminating their subject, capturing quickly moving objects or changing the quality of light. The flash of light itself generates burst of timed light at 5600 Kelvin; creating the optimal temperature in photographic, product or image production to simulate natural sunlight affect. Flash units operate through synchronizing a professional camera and or other sophisticated flash lighting kits wirelessly react to the camera’s shutter.
Fluorescent Photography Lighting KitsWithout the drawbacks of Halogen Lighting, Fluorescent Continuous Lighting offers a more popular source of constant high quality light at a lesser expense and is virtually cool to the touch. Fluorescent photography lighting produces a very bright light and consumes minimum energy as compared to Halogen, which makes this light source more economically appealing to many photographers.
Halogen Photography Lighting KitsOne source of Continuous Light is the halogen quartz bulb that produces a constant source of high quality lighting for the duration of the shoot. Halogen and tungsten lighting provides a very bright light for both indoor and outdoor photo shoots but creates intense heat in confined quarters such a home or studio. For a long time, halogen-tungsten light was synonymous within studio work, however, due to its high consumption of electricity and the intense heat that it produces, many photographers view it as non-economical.
What kind of lighting setup do you currently have in your photo studio?
-Backdrop Express Photography Team
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