Introduction to Studio Lighting and Equipment

No matter how amazing your vision as a photographer is, how sharp your lens is and how many pixels your camera sensor has, the shot will be a success only if the studio lighting is right. Studio photographers are already aware of it, and they spend far more budget on studio lights than on lenses and cameras. If you under rate the significance of lights, it can actually make a lot of difference in the quality of your work. Basically, there are three choices for studio lights viz. hot lights, cool lights and flash lights.

Let us know more about these in detail:

Hot Lights:
Also called as tungsten lights, these are ordinary halogen quartz lights with power of around 500 to 800 watts. They can be used for small product photographing and for video coverage too. They are not very good to photograph people, as although these lights seem to be very bright, you will need very high ISO settings on your camera with a very slow shuttering speed.

Studio Lights

Because of their extremely hot temperature, they can also cause fire. Since they are extremely bright, their shine can make a person uncomfortable and unpleasant for eyes. Orange in colour, these lights do not mix with flash or daylight, even if you adjust the colour balance.

Cool Lights:
These lights are fluorescent and do not run hot. They are also the same colour as daylight, which means that they can be comfortably used in a room with daylight. But like hot studio lights, they have much less power than flash, and can cause problems with slow shuttering speed and high ISO. Some of these lights can be adjusted, if you switch off one or more bulbs, but the adjustment range is quite limited.

Flash Lights:
These are amongst the favourite lights for studio photographers, probably due to their ease of use, more power and minimum limitations. A hot shoe flash can be attached on the hot shoe of a camera, making their usage convenient for the photographer, without any flattering. The best thing about flash lights is that they are cheap, portable and battery powered.

If you are planning to buy some studio equipment that can help your photography move to the next level, make an informed decision after reading reviews, functions, limitations of the lights that you intend to choose.


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