Photography is all about light but all too often it is not available naturally. So, how do we create our own light to achieve the results we're looking for?
For still photography, we have the choice of using continuous or flash lighting while for video we have to use continuous lighting.
So what is the difference between these 2 types of lights?
Continuous lighting behaves much like the sun, it is just on and we see its effect on the subject exactly as it will photograph with our eyes. Any standard lighting fixture in our house is also referred to as a continuous light. Historically, the types of continuous lights used for photography and filmmaking were tungsten filament. Tungsten lights unfortunately were very power hungry, generated huge amounts of heat, and in turn were a fire hazard. They also didn’t match the colour temperature of daylight and were very difficult to dim or change their intensity.
Fluorescent lighting solved some of these problems, yet created a few of their own in flickering and colour quality issues. Price even went up in some cases.
Most recently the introduction of high powered LED’s have revolutionised the continuous lighting market for both stills and video.
Flash lighting (often called strobe or speedlight) is a unique system of extremely high powered, but short duration bursts of light from a device called a xenon flashtube.
For the stills photographer, these bursts of light mix very well with daylight and provided a huge amount of illumination capability, all derived from a very compact battery powered device often mounted on top of the camera.
Flash lighting revolutionised the still photography industry when it was mass adopted in the 1970’s and stated to be built in to pretty well every model of camera manufactured. In a very short period of time, the one shot flash bulb became history.
Higher powered flash units that run from external power packs and large batteries are the industry standard for high end studio photographers world wide.
Flash lighting unfortunately can’t be simply used for motion picture photography. For this application continuous lighting is required.
So how do we choose what to use now that we understand what the choices are?
A few cases where LED continuous lighting is the clear winner.
Flash lighting will be your best choice in these cases.
If you require both continuous and flash lighting options, you will find Jinbei’s range of lighting gear in both Flash and LED models covers a very wide range of applications all at a very affordable price. Jinbei use the standard Bowens mount for modifiers enabling the same units to be used on both the LED and flash heads. This standard mount also means a wide range of light modifiers from other manufacturers are ready to use with Jinbei’s systems.
Jimbei also has the unique Softball modifiers that tick all the right boxes when it comes to keeping it simple, yet delivering beautiful results.
Brisbane newborn photographer Kelly Brown explains how the Jinbei Softball used in conjunction with the high powered 200 watt LED EF-200V Sun Light has changed her studio routine.
The Jinbei Softball brings a wide range of features to your lighting kit.
If flash is what you are looking for and you want what the pros use, Profoto is going to be on the top of your list for brands to consider. The Profoto line is synonymous for high quality and very long service life. This is one of the key reasons Profoto is one of the most hired lighting brands in the world — including at michaels.
From the worlds smallest studio light — the hotshoe mounted Profoto A1, all the way up to the incredibly high powered studio flashes, Profoto has you covered with a huge range of flashes and lighting modifiers. Pros depend on Profoto to earn a living and once you have a chance to experience the Profoto lighting ecosystem, you will want it for yourself.