What studio light should you buy?
This is a complicated question to answer without knowing your exact needs, but I can certainly make some generalizations.
First question: Are you going to need the light to work outside, away from AC wall power? If you are, you will need a battery-powered strobe light. The plus side is that you won’t have a power cord. The downside is that batteries can run low and, in general, battery-powered lights have a slower recycle time between shots.
For battery powered lights, you have two real-world options:
Option 1: Buy a Godox light. They make three versions to consider – the AD300 Pro, the AD400 Pro, and the AD600 Pro. For most people using reasonably size softboxes and shorter distances will appreciate the AD400 Pro for size, weight, and price. If you really need small and light, look at the AD300 Pro. For more oomph, the AD600 Pro. I never recommend that AD200 for most...
I just added a big Case Study to the Outdoor Location Lighting Class as part of the Master Lighting Course.
This case study is about working outdoors with LOW ambient light levels. We often have to blend light when working outdoors, and in this instance I have to blend very low ambient light that is creating interesting shadows on the wall behind the motorcycle.
We also added in gels in certain variations of the image - and we speak about why we should never stop at the first right answer during a session. Often the variations are awesome!
This lesson is LIVE now for Master Lighting Course members and can be found inside the Outdoor Location Lighting Course module, under "Case Studies". More coming soon!
(Note - this was recorded in October 2019, well before the COVID19 pandemic and shows us working without following social distancing guidelines. Again, this footage is PRE-COVID19! Thank you for understanding!)
The first half of the new Outdoor Location Lighting class is now live on the site!
Members can access this material right now. Just log in and get at it!
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In this Australian podcast, Kim is interviewed by Caitlyn and Kirstie about Kimberly Sarah Photography and the high end customer service she provides her clients. She talks about the business model she follows- that is, high service, high value, and low volume. (Note: second half is for Pet Photographer's Club Members Only.)
Is this you?
Starting next Thursday, April 2nd, I am running a four week "On Ramp" program for participants in the Master Lighting Course.
If you would like to hear more about the exceptional client experiences that Kim and Bud give their photography clients, tune into the Hair of the Dog Podcast, Episode 2 with Nicole Begley.
In this podcast from The Pet Photographer's Club, listen in as Bud is interviewed by Australian photographers Caitlyn and Kirstie about the Master Lighting Course and how mastering studio lighting is an important part of our business model! (Note: second half is for Pet Photographer's Club Members Only.)
Join us as we host Belinda Richards (Frog Dog Studios) as she conducts her Master Class on photo compositing for dog photographers. This two-day program will be held on April 24 and 25, 2020,
You can learn more about the program and sign up with Belinda at https://www.BelindaRichards.com/home/workshops.
If you want to update your studio lighting skills ahead of Belinda's class, we are hosting a special KickStart Studio Lighting class as a pre-con the day before - April 23rd, 2020.
This program will be modified from our usual class to better help dog photographers!
You can learn more about that class and sign up at theSOPHA.com/classes,KSSL.
We hope we will see you there!
We have just posted a new video for Members that we are certain you will find useful! The Perfect Export: Aspect Ratios, Resolution, and Cropping.
While we can agree that this video doesn't exactly fit into the studio lighting world per se, it certainly is a subject any photographer wrestles with. This is a subject I have taught often here at the studio, and one that is near and dear to my heart as we ran a boutique printing operation here years ago.
Members can find the video in The Studio Lighting Course in Module 7: Bonus Materials.