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Studio Lighting Kit

I purchased my studio lighting kit few years ago when I was a student attending a photography course. I wanted a studio lighting kit just for portraiture photography and to experiment with lighting. What I really like in studio photography is the controlled environment.

You probably already have researched the market and you know what to expect from a studio lighting kit. Here is what was included in the lighting kit which I’ve purchased:

Three sync photography strobes Three stands Two soft boxes Two umbrellas A wireless remote trigger kit A honeycomb light filter Three backdrops (black, white and grey)

Let’s take look into the most important parts of a studio lighting kit:

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Photography Strobes: There are two basic design types of strobe systems – with power pack built into the strobe unit (monolight) and with power pack separated from the head. My strobes allow me to […]

Portrait Studio Lighting

Today we will be reviewing three different portrait studio lighting techniques using a typical studio lighting kit. We’ve talked about the very basic photography lighting techniques and how to make the light work for us.

One of the most popular portrait studio lighting style is Rembrandt Lighting. This technique forms the basis of all portrait studio lighting… The way we identify Rembrandt lighting is by a triangular light on the cheekbone. To achieve this we need one light stand, strobe, reflector and umbrella. We put the light on a so-called 45/45 degree angle.  We first point the light to 45 degree to the subject from the top and then move it to 45 degree from the center. Here is what we should approximately get:

As you can see without much effort we get pretty good results here. Note the triangular light on the left cheekbone.

Now, lets add a […]

Photography Lighting Techniques

One of the most important aspects of effective photography is the understanding of and ability to control lighting. Photography lighting techniques are curtail to take our photographs to next level. Be it sunlight, diffuse sunlight, indoor natural, artificial or studio lighting, a photographer’s knowledge of how light affect film (or sensor) , and consequently, the photograph, cannot be understated.   We already discussed the quality of light and a typical studio lighting kit equipment earlier. Now, let’s take deeper look into some of the very basic practical photography lighting techniques. These guidelines will help you to avoid the disappointments that difficult lighting can present. Remember, the most important photography lighting technique is to make light work for you!

If you have the choice of shooting either at noon or later in the afternoon, you’ll be much better-off choosing the latter. Later in the afternoon the light is still bright, the direct […]

Quality of Light

In this article I will explore the quality of light. Quality of light is extremely important for your end picture result. You can have superb content, but with lousy light you get lousy pictures!

We all know that when we take a photograph what we see in the original scene is not necessarily how the camera records it. The reason for this is a complex interplay between the human vision system, the properties of the camera and the properties of the light. The color temperature, the quality and the direction of light all contribute to end result.

Color Temperature: Color temperature is a descriptive evaluation of the dominant color of a light source from red (warmer) to blue (cooler). It’s measured as degrees on the Kelvin scale. The human eye doesn’t readily distinguish between different colors of light in the environment you may be in.

Certain lights give of their […]