two main types of lighting you can use in a studio. They are the continuous
or tungsten and flash. The use of continuous lighting in a studio
environment is more traditional. It is inexpensive compared to the
electronic flash and easy on your pocket. Unlike a flash light, you can
clearly see where the shadow falls or where exactly the light falls.
lighting got many disadvantages too. The main one is the heat it produces
and sometimes it is even considered to be intolerable. The color of the
lighting is more yellowish and as the filament in the bulb burns as time
goes by, the coloring gets worse. This cause problem if you are using slides
to shoot. If you are using print film, this can be corrected while printing.
So does if you are shooting digitally. You may need to modify your camera
with a filter fitted to your lens or use a tungsten balanced color film.
Another way of getting out of the situation is to shoot in black & white.
produced while using tungsten is the heat it produces. This heat can be very
uncomfortable and the brightness may make your model to close the eyes. It
will reflect directly on the photos shot by you. You might have seen several
photos where the individuals close their eyes or shrink it. This is all
because of the trouble caused by the lighting arrangement.
second studio lighting is the electronic flash. Most of the studio cameras
are fitted with an on-camera flashgun. It makes it difficult to know what
exactly the lighting effect will be on your subject. This problem can be
solved by using a modeling lamp. The lamp will be low-powered so it will not
produce unbearable heat or brightness. It is placed exactly in the centre of
the flash tube so that the light it produces is the same as that of the
flashgun. This gives an advantage of choosing the exact angle and be sure
about the quality the flash is going to give you. The flash light being
stronger than the low-powdered modeling lamp, the shadows tend to get darker
and the object will be lighter.
light is more consistent. It has no problem of burning out as it ages and is
more balanced to daylight. You do not need to use a filter for your camera
lens and it is easy on slide film or print film. It is something preferred
by the professionals mostly.
The amount of power given out by modern
units is very high. It is measured in watts/second or joules. The advanced
technology makes the studio lighting systems much simpler and especially
makes the studio flash much more effective. There are a lot of accessories
to choose from which will give you the exact results you want. Before
buying, conduct a good research about the product you are to purchase so
that you do not fall on the wrong hands.
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