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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Benefits Of Continuous Lighting

Constant light sources are great solutions for both still and video because what you see is what you get

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There are a number of solutions available for modifying and shaping the light output of continuous fixtures, making them much more versatile for both photography and video. These light-modification tools are generally classified by the type of materials and, hence, the effects that they produce.

Diffusion tools, for example, include softboxes, domes and really anything semi-opaque that you can place in front of the light source like silks, diffusion panels and flash domes. Diffusion spreads light more evenly for far softer and much more flattering light that's especially useful when used for portraiture.

Reflective tools like reflectors, beauty dishes, bounce boards and umbrellas are used to bounce or direct light from a singular light source. This allows you to change the path of the light, as well as the overall spread and color temperature of the light. Many reflectors and bounces are available in gold, silver or white and combinations of these materials for adding warmth, a bright specular pop or natural white light to a scene, respectively.

In contrast, light-shaping tools like flags, snoots and barn doors work in the reverse by absorbing light through darker materials or simply by blocking it.


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