How stu­dio flash works

Your Nikon can also work with pro­fes­sional flash sys­tems, which opens up even more pos­si­bil­i­ties

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Flash head 1

Stu­dio flash heads are much more pow­er­ful than Speed­lights or other on­cam­era flash­guns. They’re pow­ered ei­ther di­rectly from the mains or by por­ta­ble, recharge­able bat­tery packs for lo­ca­tion work.


Flash head 2

Most kits come with two flash heads: the first pro­vides the main il­lu­mi­na­tion and the sec­ond is used to pro­vide fillin light, back­ground light­ing or other more so­phis­ti­cated light­ing ef­fects.


Light­ing stands

You’ll need stands for your flash units – they are in­cluded in most kits. You can ad­just the an­gle of the flash with a lock­ing knob near the top, and to change the di­rec­tion, you just pick up the stand and turn it.


Sof tbo x

This is one of the more com­mon light ‘mod­i­fiers’ you can use with stu­dio flash units – you can see a more ex­am­ples in the Flash Mod­i­fiers box, right. This is what makes stu­dio flash so pow­er­ful and ver­sa­tile.


Height ad­just­ment

Pre­cise po­si­tion­ing is at the heart of any stu­dio light­ing setup, and stu­dio light­ing stands are de­signed to make height ad­just­ments quick and sim­ple us­ing tripod-style lock­ing clamps.



This is an­other light­ing ‘mod­i­fier’, and you should check to see what you get with any light­ing kit you’re con­sid­er­ing. Some come with two um­brel­las, oth­ers like this might come with a brolly and a soft­box.

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