Three Things to Know When Buying Your Lighting Essentials

Lighting can affect a shot, too much or less of it is a matter of delivering the perfect shot. Every photographer would stop relying on its camera’s built – in flash and start discovering and exploring more on playing with light. Thus, this article will guide you on the essentials of lighting.

Flash Guns

flash gunsThere would come a point when enthusiasts are not satisfied with the internal flash of its camera since it can create flat pictures and red eye. Also, it can only bring light to objects that are close enough to the camera. With these problems came the used of flash guns or external flash units as a solution. It is able to give a photographer the control of the light’s direction

When purchasing for a flash gun, look at its Guide Number, showing its power. It’s normally indicated by companies with ISO 100 so it can be easily compared to other models or brands. In addition, the guide number helps in determining what aperture you need to use during a shoot.

Lighting Kits

lighting kitsToday, there are entry levels lighting starter kits that are affordable. These starter kits can give a person the chance to improve their skills into a new level by being able to have a professional studio set – up. Depending on what you need, a basic lighting kit can have a number of lights, stands and umbrella which is enough for those who are starting out. For those who are looking for a better set – up, some kits can have filters, diffusers, backgrounds and soft boxes. The kits come with bags or cases for easy transportation, keeping and handling of the equipment.

When choosing for a kit, there are factors to consider like the genre of photography, the space where it will be used, what you really need and the budget. Through this you can list what you need thus, eliminating over spending.

The Lighting Know – How

lighting studioWhen setting up the lights it is important to know its basic things like the three – point lighting set – up. This set – up is a must to know for every photographer since it brings to life the photos being taken.

It is made up of the fill, key and back light. The key light is responsible for lighting the subject and can be placed at different angles to create different looks on the shots. Meanwhile, the fill light is used to equalize the shadows created by the key light. Lastly, the back light is placed behind the subject or model to highlight its contours and lines. This set – up makes the subject stand – out instead of blending in with the background and giving it more life.

For those who are building their own studio, it is important to know that there are a variety of lights to use in this set – up, these are the strobe lights (flashlights) and the continuous lights (tungsten and fluorescent).  The continuous lights enable photographers have a look of an exposed image, thus he can adjust the color quickly. These lights are also common in the household. Meanwhile, the strobe lights are used to because of its flexibility and are great for shooting things in motion.

Author Bio:

JV White is a music and photography enthusiast and currently working as a writer for, a disc duplication, printing, and replication company.  Follow him on Twitter @jvwhite1980


Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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  1. Okay, so there's a lot more to proper lighting than I thought. So much for ever thinking it was just a point and shoot thing.

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