Setting Up Photography Lighting


Setting up photography lighting requires first setting up the tripod bases in the proper positions, attaching the lights to the tripods, syncing the flashes to the camera and setting up any soft boxes, umbrellas or reflector cards. Create a well-lit photo set with information from a professional art and commercial photographer in this free video on photography.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Rebecca Guenther with and I'm going to talk to you about setting up a lighting for photography. So you're going to start out with your tripod obviously. They come in all different sizes, all different brands. I recommend you get aluminum ones 'cause they're lighter. So you want to setup your stand and you want your base wide and you want your center low to the ground so it's as stable as it possibly can be, so it doesn't get knocked over once you have the lights on, you know, you don't want to hit anybody in the head or break your lights which are generally a kind of pricey. So after you do that you're going to take whatever lights you have and fix them onto the stand as tight as you can and make sure that they're very stable on there. Again, you don't want the light, you know, flying off and you shattering in the middle of the photo shoot. So from here, you can put on your reflector which I'm going to do in this instance or you know, put on your soft box, whatever else it is that you might be using. Once that's on, you can plug in the cord or if the cord is already attached to it, as it is with some lights, with this one it isn't, so you're going to plug in your lights. You're going to setup your sync so that when you push the camera this flashes. You can adjust the power here. Full power, lower, almost all strobes are going to have these essentially the same variations that you can do. So from there you're going to decide if you want to use a soft box or an umbrella or some other kinds; you know, you can also put a grid on there which will direct the light in one direction or another. You can also put on different color gels so that you have different colored lighting. And that's basically how you setup photography lighting.


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