LEARN LIGHT:

If you’re familiar with the basics of working your camera, you’re probably ready to move to the next level. Perhaps you’ve just purchased your first studio strobe, or are in the process of deciding which strobe to get. Here, you can shorten your learning curve by adopting the same lighting tools and techniques pros use every day. In addition to primers on traditional photo gear, you’ll also learn about film/television lighting tricks for a hybrid approach to lighting stills or video: Learn how to light with strobes, LEDs, KinoFlos, HMIs, or all of the above.

Start with the basics, and once you’ve been introduced to just these three key lighting principles, you’ll be well on your way, empowering you to light more intuitively, more creatively, and with greater technical precision. Or skip the theory for now, and jump ahead to one of the tutorials in the how to light portraits section to get started right away!

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If you’re a Nikon fan, also stop by our Nikon-centric site at: NikonBasics. More content is being added to both sites every day, so visit often to find out what’s new. Let’s get started!

the basics:

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how to light with strobes:

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how to light with kinoflos:

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how to light portraits:

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which strobe should I buy? (AC/DC-powered monolights):

specialty strobes: zoom-spots/projectors/ellipsoidals

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LED first look: IC12’s LED Light Cube

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high-voltage DC power packs: best buys

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how to power AC strobes on location:

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which softbox should I buy?

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which umbrella should I buy?

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profoto deep silver umbrellas: a poor-man’s briese?

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how to overpower the sun:

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HyperSync tests: does it really work?

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how to shoot at magic hour:

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how to shoot at golden hour:

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how to shoot available light:

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what’s the best portrait lens?

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why make-up is essential to nailing your exposure:

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