Get started with studio lights
Fancy setting up a simple home studio, but not sure where to start? James Paterson is here to help...
Master a basic two-light set-up with our beginner’s guide to using studio flash
To get to grips with studio flash
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Nikon D-SLR Home studio flash kit with two heads and softboxes or umbrellas
There’s a certain clarity and crispness that you get with studio flash which simply can’t be achieved any other way – look at the detail in the model’s amazing tattoos here. For those getting started, things can seem a little daunting. But studio flash is no black art, just a combination of basic lighting principles and camera skills.
You don’t necessarily need a studio – any fairly large room will do – so the best place to start is with a home studio flash kit. A kit like this offer a range of benefits. First, it gives you control over the exposure. The high flash power means that you can use lower ISOs and consequently produce images with less noise.
Second, a studio flash kit effectively give you control over depth of field, as increasing or decreasing the power lets you open or close your aperture.
The biggest advantage, however, is the control that studio flash gives you over the quality of light. You can choose whether it’s diffuse or harsh, spread wide or in a narrow beam, and you can choose to have it emitting from any angle.