Photography Lighting – Easy Options For Photography Lighting

You might not be aware, but the proper use of an external photography lighting source (either in a studio or outdoors) can really improve the quality of your photography results.  Photography lighting kits can provide a high quality light source that will greatly improve the image contrast. There are 2 types of  lighting to choose from for both photographic and video production. The first type is known as flash or strobe lighting. The second is continuous lighting.

1) Flash Photography Lighting Kits

Flash lighting is the type of lighting that is most used by professionals or advanced photographers. Flash lighting has an ability to generate bursts of timed light at 5600 Kelvin. 5600 Kelvin is a great temperature to use in photography because it simulates the same temerature as natural sunlight. It is imperative when using flash lighting that the camera is synchronized perfectly with the flash ligths. Otherwise the timing won’t be correct and the shots won’t be evenly exposed. This is why flash lighting utilizes a “synch chord” which allows the light and camera to function together. Most flash lighting kits have slave sensors on each flash light so only one flash light needs to be synchronized with the camera, than that timing is wirelessly transmitted to all other flash lights in the kit so they will all flash in unison with the camera’s shutter. It’s important to remember to turn off any ambient room lighting when using flash lighting. This is because flash lights actually have 2 bulbs – 1 for the flash, and 1 constant light that will give you an idea of how the model will be lighted with the flash. This constant light can be drowned out with ambient lighting.

2) Continous Lighting – Halogen Photography Lighting Kits

Continuous lighting is much easier for beginner photographers than flash lighting. With halogen photo lighting kits, the photographer jus has to simply turn them on and they will have a constant source of warm, high quality lighting for as long as they need. Continuous lighting is used for photographs, product shots, and can be used for video production as well. One disadvantage of halogen or tungsten lighting is that it can create a great deal of heat while doing so in a confined studio or area. They are often referred to as “hot lights” for this very reason. Because of the heat they generat, halogen continuous lighting also uses more electricity than other photo lights. For this reason halogen lights are not as popular as they once were. They do consume more electricity than other lights, and can make the studio quite hot if it is a small space.

3) Continuous Lighting -Fluorescent Photography Lighting Kits

Fluorescent continuous lighting has become a popular alternative for photographers because they are able to generate a high quality light source without the heat and electricity of halogen. Fluorescent photography lighting kits are virtually cool to the touch and produce no heat. They also require a lot less electricity to operate than halogen does which makes them very practical and also economical for photographers. Fluorescent photography bulbs with a life rating of 10,000 hours last much longer than halogen photography bulbs. Fluorescent lighting is used extensively for photographs, product shots and video production and come in both standard non adjustable wattage kits and adjustable wattage lighting kits.