When there is insufficient light for your photography or videography you need an artificial light source and there are plenty of options available.
The right lighting helps to set the mood and tone, creates a flattering shot, and helps ensure your viewers can actually see what you want them to.
For still images captured with cameras we have the traditional flash, aka a speedlight.
These are portable, battery operated lights that can attach to most cameras through the hot shoe mount. They can also be used off-camera by attaching them to a light stand and then activating them via wireless triggers.
When more powerful off camera lighting is required photographers turn to Strobes aka studio lights. These are larger (and typically more powerful) lights that are attached to light stands and activated through wireless triggers. Typically these are found in a studio but there are portable battery operated options available.
Continuous lights deliver a constant source of illumination, unlike speed lights and strobe lights that emit a powerful burst of light when fired, and is typically used for video work.
The new cooler LED options are also being used for capturing still photos as continuous light can be less distracting then the burst of light from flashes.
You can also see the lighting situation in real time, unlike a flash where you don’t see the result until after you have pushed the shutter button.
Many strobe lights also need a moment to power up between shots so continuous lighting is good for moving subjects such as children or pets.
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