LightSource Podcast Article Series

E003 Beginner Lighting Options

In this episode of LightSource, Bill and Ed discuss entry level lighting options and the advantages and disadvantages of each setup.

Hosts:

Bill Crawford, publisher of StudioLighting.net (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive IStockPhoto.com photographer (Flickr)


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Bill and Ed discuss:

October Audio Article: Beginner Lighting Options

Bill and Ed discuss entry level lighting options and the advantages and disadvantages of each setup.

Strobe Flash Products
PROS:

  • Often a low cost solution.
  • Flashes are highly portable and versatile accessories.

CONS:

  • Generally longer recycle times.
  • Require batteries.
  • Lower power often limits types of modifiers.

Packs and Heads
PROS:

  • Heads are lightweight and less expensive to replace than monolights.
  • Short recycle times.
  • Controls of lights is centralized on the pack.

CONS:

  • Generally more expensive than other options.
  • Require that each light has a cord going to the pack.
  • Not highly portable.

Monolights
PROS:

  • All-in-one units with very high levels of light output.
  • Short recycle times.
  • Consistent color temperature and power.

CONS:

  • Require that all units be plugged in to an A/C outlet.
  • Lights must be controlled independently.
  • Not highly portable.

Hot Lights
PROS:

  • Inexpensive solution.
  • Lights are continuous allowing photographer to see the final lighting effect.
  • Inexpensive bulb replacement.

CONS:

  • Generate high heat limiting subject range and modifier types.
  • Low output often requires slow shutter speeds and large apertures.

“Home Depot” Work Lamps
PROS:

  • Inexpensive
  • Readily available
  • High output lamps.

CONS:

  • Intense heat
  • Low color temperature
  • Require home made light modifiers or panels for diffusion.

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