Beginner's Guide to Buying a Photography Lighting Kit
Date Posted:13 August 2016
Shopping for photography lighting can be difficult. There are many options when it comes to professional lighting. Most beginners are not entirely sure what they need and spending a lot on lighting that is not right can be a costly mistake. Before you shell out the money, learn the essentials that make up a good, basic HYPERLINK "http://www.photoequipmentstore.com.au/"photography lighting kit.
Flash or Continuous Light
The key piece of equipment for any level of photography is lighting. Studio lights come in two basic forms. Flash light, also called speed lights, provides a bright burst of light to highlight the subject. Continuous light is always on and reduces shadow. Generally, a studio flash with a broad range will be most versatile.
A flash can be mounted on a stand or attached to the camera by using a hotshoe. If the flash is not directly connected to the camera, it is helpful to purchase synchronization equipment. This will coordinate the flash with the camera, rather than manually adjusting both.
A light stand is critical for holding the light source. It can be adjusted on several levels to position the light at optimum height for the subject. Most compact models are best for travel, but can still extend above the average person’s height.
Umbrella or Softbox
To diffuse the light, an additional piece of equipment is necessary. Both a softbox and umbrella work to reflect the light on the subject while softening it. This creates a more natural appearance and avoids sharp shadows. The best deal on a diffuser is a kit that includes multiple colored covers to change the tone of the light.
If you are trying to save money and purchase only one light to begin, reflectors can be an affordable addition. They come in a range of colors, many in kits with interchangeable covers. A reflector should be positioned to reflect the light back on the subject in a flattering way. This makes the most of available lighting at a low cost.
Even the steadiest hand moves the camera when pressing the shutter. At certain speeds, this can greatly affect the quality of the resulting images. For minimal cost, a remote trigger solves this problem. The trigger connects with the camera and allows the user to press a button to activate it. Some models are compatible with smartphones.
Studio light bulbs last a long time but eventually it may be necessary to replace one. A bulb can burn out, overheat, or simply be broken. Having a backup on hand can save a lot of trouble should something happen during a shoot.
A basic kit needs only a few tools to get started. As you learn what works best and hone your photography skills, you may choose to upgrade equipment or invest in additional hardware. Some types of photography benefit from additional, specialized equipment. As your business or hobby grows, trial and error will be an excellent guide.