The world of photography encompasses two categories of lights, including cold lights and hot lights. The former undergoes by the name of Photography Strobes. Photography Strobes are mostly used in a studio environment. They work best when making portraits, as they are really easy to work with.
Photography Strobes are considerably affordable studio equipment and are the most important parts included in a studio lighting kit. They come either as monolights or as powerpack system.
My personal opinion is that the monolights photography strobes are the right choice in most cases. All monolights provides 5-6 f-stop adjustment and they trigger by a flash and modeling light which gives idea how the light falls onto your subject.
You can get a 250 w/s Flash Strobe for less than 100 dollars.
Here are some of the parameters you should be interested in when buying Photography Strobes:
• Power – 250w/s is good enough for beginners
• Modeling Light Power – Should be at least 75w/s
• Color Temperature – 5400±200K (i.e. around daylight temperature)
• Recharging Time: Look for something at least in the range of 0.5-2s. Anything beyond 2 seconds in my opinion is not good. You may end up missing some really good moments and will regret that you haven’t invested a bit more money.
• Flash Duration: 1/2000th to 1/800th of a second in most cases is good enough and will freeze the motion. Just to give you an idea why flash duration is important imagine a hokey match where you need to take pictures. First, players are moving fast, so even with 1/1000th of the second you won’t get as sharp images as you may want. Also, the flash will be noticed by the players and may disturb them. That’s why in most cases, facilities where this is not acceptable, have “build-in” photography strobes which may have 1/10000th of the second duration time or even up to 1/25000th of the second!
The first time you put in an external strobe on trial, it may take a slight time to obtain high-quality results. You need to take your time to become familiar with your photography strobes.
A new-fangled strobe photographer frequently is so wrapped up in captivating pictures that he or she fails to remember about the photography strobes completely. The strobes end up positioned off into open water, missing from the subject, and no matter how many times the photographer clicks on to the shutter, the focus ends up dark.
If your pictures churn out dark, the initial thing to do is make sure to see where your strobe is pointing. If you take time to point and angle your strobes properly, and to put the light levels right, you will almost immediately start taking stunning pictures overflowing with a sense of color different from anything you have seen before! At that time you may want to explore some of the basic portrait studio lighting techniques. For even better results you may want to invest some money in photo light meter too. Measuring the amount of light and assessing the quality of light are topics which we will discuss in other articles.