Lighting – Strobe or Continuous

Strobes or continuous lighting? (tungsten, HMI, LED, flashlight etc…)  I personally hate strobes. I prefer tungsten, or any other continuous lighting source. I always start with natural light whenever possible, then add lights from there of course. Try this you strobe shooters, pick up your tungsten light or other continuous lighting source & use that just that for a couple of shoots. Now you can forget the sync speeds, radio slaves, sync cords, flash recycle etc… You can actually “see” what your getting, move around, don’t wait for the strobe to recycle, shoot at 1/2000 sec. if you want. Yea, yea, I know strobes have their keep, but for most of my shoots tungsten or continuous lights are the way to go. You know by now I’m talking about studio & indoors location, for that outdoor portrait shot then a simple fill flash would be the way to go, or even a simple reflector.

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Equipment

I love toys. I rotate most of my equipment every two years due to advances in technology. I have strobes, tungsten’s, daylight balanced fluorescents, small lights, big lights, Canons, Hasselblad,  lots of lenses & too many computers. When looking at my favorites photos the past year I thought about what equipment I used to “get the shot” – it was natural light with a little fill, mmmm, just think of all that money I could have saved. My favorite lens is the Canon zoom 24mm to 70mm or the Hasselblad 35 to 90mm zoom  – I very rarely use any other lens.

That goes  to show “me” – think concept first, production 2nd & equipment 3rd. Most of my best shots are about the concept & idea, not the equipment.