Mixing Continuous And Strobe Lights For Portraits
For me, I’ve always used studio strobes as strobes, but Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz over at AurumLight reminds us that if you have access to a studio strobe, you almost surely have instant access to another light source: the strobe modeling light.
Jaroslav uses three Einsteins heads to shoot this great portrait – Girl With The Broken Heart. This allows him to use a warm light coming from the modeling lamp, without gelling it. it also provides a different timing plane as continuous light has a lingering effect on the model rather than freezing it as a strobe. [Yup, so you get a whole new factor of creativity to play with]
The video below combined with Jaroslav’s post is an excellent primer and a pretty thorough explanation on how gels work with both continuous lights and strobes.
If you appreciate this technique, we featured Benjamin Von Wong doing a continuous/strobe mix a few weeks back on a larger scale to capture dancers movements.
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.