Take con­trol

Learn how to con­trol the light your flash emits with light­ing mod­i­fiers

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One of the great things about us­ing stu­dio heads is the sheer va­ri­ety of mod­i­fiers and other ac­ces­sories that you can choose to at­tach to them to change the light­ing ef­fect. From huge soft­boxes to tiny snoots, th­ese ac­ces­sories will help you to be­come a mas­ter of light, bending it to your will for any look you like, whether dra­matic or sub­tle.

Es­sen­tially th­ese mod­i­fiers en­able you to change three qual­i­ties in the light from your stu­dio head. Th­ese are its spread, its strength and its soft­ness. You can tell a lot about each dif­fer­ent light op­tion by the way it af­fects the shad­ows un­der the chin on the images be­low. Smaller light sources such as a bare bulb or a snoot cast sharp, harder-edged shad­ows, while larger sources such as a soft­box or beauty dish cre­ate softer shad­ows, with more gen­tle tran­si­tions be­tween light and dark ar­eas.

You also need to bear in mind the en­vi­ron­ment you’re shoot­ing in. In a small room with white walls, the light will bounce off them and fill the shad­ows, while in a dark, cav­ernous room there will be much less fill.

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