Control the light
Photography=Painting with light. Here are your brushes.
Mason Resnick -
March 11, 2009
Natural light is great—when it's cooperating. For the other 90 percent of the time, there's flash, continuous artificial light, and light modifiers. Welcome to Adorama's guide to all sources of light and light modification and find out what you need when that tiny little built-in flash just isn't doing the job.
Many flash units are significant investments, especially when you're building a studio. But portable flash can pack a lot of illumination, and new flash accessories let you control this light—soften and shape it—in new and previously unheard-of ways.
Light equipment includes:
- Portable flash: They attach to your camera via a hot-shoe, although most can now be operated off-camera, wirelessly, giving you more directional lighting options.
- Studio monolights and AC/DC packs: Not as portable, these flash units boast more power and have modeling lights so you can preview what the final result will look like.
- Light modifiers: These attach over, in front of, and around flash units to shape and change the light, intensify it or diffuse it, or control the ambient, or "found," light in a scene.
Join us as we shed some light on lighting gear!