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High-Power Monolights

For versatility in and out of the studio, these high-output strobes are ideal
By William Sawalich
When it comes time to invest in in serious strobe lighting, many photographers opt for the versatility of monolights. Whereas pack-based systems typically provide greater output (measured in watt seconds, or ws, equivalent to joules), monolights are modular, self-contained and less expensive—making them the ideal entrée into the studio strobe…

Off-Camera Lighting

Monolight and strobe options for powerful studio lighting capabilities
By David Willis
Monolight and strobe options for powerful studio lighting capabilitiesFor freezing action, creating exciting motion effects or achieving fast shutter speeds and extended depth of field, monolights and strobes are lighting systems that are portable enough for field work and bright enough for work in the studio. Monolights are generally thought…

On-Camera Lighting

Accessories and light modifiers for controlling speedlight flashes and adding photographic effects
By David Willis
Camera flashes are highly directional light sources. This means that the burst of light is coming from a single light source, the bulb, resulting in an uneven style of lighting with a brightly lit subject in the foreground and a lot of heavy shadows surrounding the subject. This effect is…

Monolights & Strobes

Gear options for powerful and fast illumination to capture the action or create amazing effects
By David Willis
Monolights, flashes and strobes are lighting systems capable of timed bursts of light in a rapid sequence. Because the bursts of light are intermittent, they're much cooler to use instead of most traditional continuous light sources, especially important in closed studio environments. Low-heat continuous LED lights are challenging this advantage,…

Pro Light With Flash Modifiers

Use these key accessories to refine the output of your portable speedlights
By David Willis
Modern on-camera flashes are so powerful that many photographers are looking at them as a primary light source, and not just for events. Many of the advanced capabilities that used to be reserved for much more sophisticated and expensive lighting systems are now found in speedlights. Like traditional studio lighting,…

Benefits Of Continuous Lighting

Constant light sources are great solutions for both still and video because what you see is what you get
By David Willis
Continuous lighting is always on, and the obvious advantage to working with continuous light sources is that unlike strobes and monolights, which take a great deal of practice to learn before you inherently understand what changes will look like in a shot, what you're seeing in the real world with…
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