video: episode 12 , quality of light in the digital photography studio
In this video we’ll look at how different sized light sources affect the quality of light (hard and soft light) obtained in a studio setting. Understanding these basic principles lays the groundwork for learning to control your main light source. To keep things simple and accessible we’ll be using an inexpensive (but very nice quality) lighting kit (the Genesis 200 1-Light Kit from Calumet) that was purchased complete with stand, strobe, reflector, umbrella and cords for $170 (normally priced at $270).
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I’m experimenting with more efficient ways to display the photos used in the videos (creating thumbnails and links within these WordPress pages is pretty tedious and time consuming). While this is just a start and needs some work and refinement, here’s a link to the photos used. Thanks for your patience, I’ll be refining and working on this particular gallery through the week as time allows. Soon it will be easier to use and with more useful information. Gotta start somewhere.
Studio strobe kit info
I’m really impressed with the value of the lighting kit. For the person wanting to play with studio lighting, the cost of entry has never been this low. Support for the product should be very good, also, since Calumet has 10 locations in the U.S. and 19 locations in the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands ( Shop Calumet Photographic – It’s Where the Pros Go ).
All of the components appear to be well made and durable. Even though the Genesis 200 is the lowest powered, entry-level unit, it has features not found on more expensive units: digital power settings, built-in slave unit (with adjustable sensitivity) and a built-in cooling fan (pretty much unheard of at this price). There’s also a more powerful strobe (Genesis 400) available for future growth. Here’s how Calumet lists the one light kit: