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