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Guide to
Lighting Equipment

Photography is a whole of a lighting game. Whether you are working with natural light or the creation of optimum studio lighting setup.

But as it is always noticed that adequate lighting is not always available, every photographer must have the right photography lighting equipment in hand to capture the perfect images.

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Summary

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LED Panel

(Diode/ Soft Film)

Pros:

  • Low power consumption

  • Low temperature

  • Long life span (durable and shockproof unlike glass bulbs)

  • Directional light

Cons:

  • Soft light

  • Made out of expensive materials

  • Reduced lumen output over time

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Portable LED

Diodes Panel

Pros:

  • Low power consumption

  • Low temperature

  • Long life span (durable and shockproof unlike glass bulbs)

  • Portable and easy to carry

Cons:

  • Low power lighting

  • Small area of light dispersion

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Foldable Light Panels

Pros:

  • Low power consumption

  • Low temperature

  • Long life span (durable and shockproof unlike glass bulbs)

  • Portable and easy to carry

  • Malleable to sui different usage

Cons:​

  • Reduced lumen output over time

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Light Strobes

Pros:

  • High power light output

  • Daylight colour temperature

  • Produce directional light

  • Interchangeable accessories

Cons:

  • Expensive

  • Fragile bulbs

  • Hard to plan the light composition

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Light Wand

Pros:

  • Low power consumption

  • Low temperature

  • Easy to Manipulate

  • Portable and easy to carry

Cons:

  • Low power lighting

  • Restricted lighting angle and direction

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Ring Lights

Pros:

  • For portraits and close-up shots

  • Eliminates harsh shadows

  • Soft light quality

Cons:

  • Limited to close ups and face shots.

  • Catchlights take the form of rings in the eyes

Types of Lighting Equipment

Strobe Lights

studio strobe is a dedicated flash unit. They can sometimes be referred to as a monobloc or monolight. Usually mains powered, more battery-powered offerings are being brought onto the market all the time. Power output between models can vary greatly, with cheaper strobes offering as much power as a cheap third-party flashgun. 

 

The advantage that strobe lighting has over continuous lighting has is the light stays the same after every photograph. It can also give you an abundance of light, without the temperature rising, it can also be controlled. Also, you can purchase add ons like a soft box or umbrella reflector to enhance your shooting experience.

Light Wands

With their light output, stealthiness or "hideability" and application, light wands are here to stay. With diversified lengths, they can mimic a big panel especially when mounted horizontally and positioned very close the subject. Light Wands are great for fill lighting, macro photography and product photography. This multi-application tool can hang almost anywhere with its convenient metal hook accessory, or secured to a light stand or boom, making for an excellent rim light as well. Some light wands come with a padded handle which makes it comfortable for handheld use as well. 

Big advantage in studio: Open set, no need for multiple light sources, mirrors, reflectors, gobos, etc. Greatly simplifies and speeds up work. Easier to move around set, easier for others to get into set to make adjustments (food stylist, art director, prop stylist, assistant).

Ring Lights