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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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Home Studio Lighting Gear For Students

No space? No problem! Here's how you can set up a studio in a small space.

ArticleLighting and Studio Gear Gear Guides & Reviews - by Joe Farace, July 29, 2014

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You need two things to set up a home studio: First, the physical space to place the gear, and second, the will to do it, which is often the only thing standing between you and setting up a home studio.

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Tripod Head Buying Guide: What To Look For and Top Products Available

For those looking for a tripod head, here’s a guide into what makes a good product. Also find out about the best tripod head products available.

ArticleBuying Guides Gear Guides & Reviews - by Jon Sienkiewicz, July 29, 2014

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It all comes down to aligning your camera into the exact position you want, repeatedly, with ease, accuracy, and precision. Not a small task. We're talking about Tripod Heads here. Some are designed to hold a camera rock-steady; others allow fluid movement through a smooth arc. There's at least one that will satisfy your specific needs.

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Buying guide: Photo Studio backdrops

It's what's in back that counts

ArticleProfessional Imaging Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, July 28, 2014

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Background information about muslin, velour, canvas, and seamless backdrops. (UPDATED FOR 2014).

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9 Great Gadgets That Will Give You More Flattering Flash Photos

Our Favorite Portable Flash Light Modifiers (UPDATED FOR 2014)

ArticleLighting and Studio Gear Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, July 28, 2014

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These flash modifiers can control and shape light to reduce or eliminate harsh lighting from your shoe-mounted flash, resulting in more pleasing portraits.

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Tips for Shooting Panoramic Portraits

Joe McNally rediscovers his love for panoramic portrait shooting.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Photo on the Go Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, March 20, 2014

Adorama TV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally.  In this episode, Joe shows how he captured dramatic panoramic portraits using a beauty dish.

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Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Flash: Product Overview

Take a look at the Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Flash.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Product Reviews Gear Guides & Reviews - by Diane Wallace, March 12, 2014

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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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Multiple Speedlights for a Portrait

Watch as Joe McNally deconstructs one of his portraits.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Photo on the Go Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, March 6, 2014

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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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