The Step By Step Basics of Using Studio Lights for Portraiture

When you finally want to get into studio lighting being involved in your photography, we will always recommend strobes over constant lights. Part of this is because they have something called a flash duration that can affect the way that the scene looks overall. It’s the difference between being able to darken a sky with ease or not.

Studio lights, as many of you know, can also be shot outside of the studio. But using them just requires you to understand a few new things.

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The Basics of Manual Image Exposure in Eight Minutes

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 Mk II first impressions (25 of 29)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

EVery photographer has to start somewhere; and when it comes to shooting photos every instructor will tell you to shoot in manual mode. The reason for this is because it gives you the most creative control. When combining this control with your creative ideas, you’ll be able to actually get the photo idea from your head into pixels from the camera.

The problem: learning manual controls can be difficult. But this video from CamCrunch should be able to help you get the basics down in eight minutes. The host talks about aperture, shutter speed and ISO control that provide the absolute basics.

As many of the more advanced shooters will tell you:

– Apertures (f-stop) controls your depth of field and how much light hits the sensor at its most basic. When a flash is included, it also controls how much light from the flash hits the sensor.

– Shutter speeds control how long the light hits the sensor, and therefore motion.

– ISO controls how sensitive all the other parameters are.

To supplement these basics presented in the video, we’ve included images after the jump that help to illustrate the basics of Manual Image Exposure.

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The Basics of Photography: F for Flash

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Multiple Stroboscopic Flash with Jordana Phottix (2 of 4)ISO 1001.6 sec at f - 11

In continuing with our Alphabetical explanations of key photography terms, we’re now at the letter, “F.” And the biggest thing that comes to mind besides film is the thing that many photographers fear: flash. Yes, marketing departments will tell you that their high ISOs are so good that you don’t need a flash. But that’s silly marketing speak–especially coming from a guy that used to work in Social Media Marketing for the photo industry. Flash is all about creating your own light and should be used as a creative tool that can supplement the available light in a situation.

But what exactly is flash?

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The Basics of Photography: E for Exposure

Sekonic L-478DR

We’ve been slowly going through the alphabet defining key terms for each letter, and today we’re at the letter E. E is for exposure–and at its very basic form, it has to do with the brightness of your image. In the automatic modes, your camera often sets all of these parameters for you, but in the more expert modes (Program, Aperture, Shutter, and Manual) you’ve got more control to make them all your very own.

There are different types of exposures: balanced, underexposed, and overexposed. And there are four major parameters that affect exposure: ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, and in some cases, flash output.

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