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Control the light

Photography=Painting with light. Here are your brushes.

By 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!

 

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AdoramaTV presents the Flashpoint Budget Studio Light. Join Diane Wallace as she shows you the features of this budget-friendly light. 

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Adorama TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally.  In this episode, Joe shows you how to use multiple Speedlights to capture a portrait that has a lot of F-stop.

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AdoramaTV presents Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey. Ring flash in portraits has a very distinctive look but owning a ring flash doesn't limit you to just one style. 

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Adorama TV Presents the reDefine Show with Tamara Lackey. Join Tamara as she shows you how to create a simple, broadly-lit lighting configuration in a studio or for an in-home portrait shoot.

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Exposure Photography Tip from Joe McNally

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Adorama TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally.  In this episode, Joe shows how properly exposing your foreground can help you gain control of the exposure of your background.

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