Mixing Continuous And Strobe Lights For Portraits

Dec 18, 2012

Udi Tirosh

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.

Mixing Continuous And Strobe Lights For Portraits

Dec 18, 2012

Udi Tirosh

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.

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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.

Mixing Continuous And Strobe Lights For Portraits

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.

[AurumLight via ISO 1200 | Strobist]

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Udi Tirosh

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