Special Lighting Guide: Lights!

In a still photography world, strobes were the gold standard of professional lighting gear.
By William Sawalich
Strobes & Flash In a still photography world, strobes were the gold standard of professional lighting gear. Prized for their combination of power and performance and for their ability to freeze a subject for maximum apparent sharpness, strobes continue to be top-level tools for just about any photo situation. Being…

Battery Powered Monolights

With a combination of portability, power, versatility and the ability to be used away from an AC outlet, battery-powered monolights are gaining an increasing following among professional photographers
The Editors
Monolights are self-contained pro flash units that plug into standard AC wall sockets, no separate power pack needed. All the controls are on the flash head—no need to move to a power pack to adjust power and other settings (although many newer monolights feature standard or optional remote controls). Some…

Portrait Lighting Essentials

The art of portrait lighting is the art of bringing out the essence of an individual.
By Staff
The art of portrait lighting is the art of bringing out the essence of an individual—identifying the person's personality and facial features, and coming up with a lighting scheme that will synchronize with them. Many photographers fall into the habit of using a stock setup for all of their work…

Tools Focusing Light

Create precisely shaped shafts of light with these essential modifiers fitted to your source
Text And Photography By William Sawalich
With almost all types of studio lighting, precision is paramount. Whether it's separating a portrait subject from the background or placing a tiny sliver of light on one element in a tabletop still-life setup, when it comes to placing light precisely, broad lighting just won't cut it. Whether you're working…

Master Soft Light

Little differences between light modifiers make for big changes in the look of a light
Text And Photography By William Sawalich
Any discussion of soft lighting tools begins with two classic modifiers: the softbox and the umbrella. From each of these devices has sprung a world of variations—so many that it can be difficult to know why to choose one modifier over another. Soft is a relative term, after all, and…

Hi-Tech Studio: Monolights

As ideal lighting for studio or location photographers, monolights give you a great combination of power, control and portability
The Editors
Today's pros use two main types of light in the studio: electronic flash and continuous "hot" lights. Today's pros use two main types of light in the studio: electronic flash and continuous "hot" lights. Each offers its own benefits and drawbacks. Hot lights are a topic for another article; this…
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