Light is Light: The First Lesson in Mastering Strobes

The number one reason photographers stay away from studio strobes is that they fear that they don't understand them.  Strobes seem techy and complicated.  And if by chance they could get them set up, they wouldn’t even know where to begin. I get it!  I used to feel the exact same way.  In fact, my lights sat is storage for years for this very reason.

But the truth is you already know most of what you need to know about working with strobes.  For reals.

Why?

Because light is light.

Sandra Coan baby on film with strobes

Contax 645, Fuji 400h, and Strobes.  Processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

It doesn’t matter whether your source is the sun shining through a window or a bulb shining through a soft box, the same rules apply.

So if you already know the basics of working with window light then you already know the basics of working with strobes.

Just think of your strobes and soft box as a portable window.

Do you know how to place a subject when working with window light?

Of course you do!!

Then guess what, you know how to do it with a strobe and a soft box too!

Do you know how to meter your people when working with window light?

Yup!

Well then guess what, one easy adjustment to your meter and you can do it with a strobe!

Does having only one good window in a clients home interfere with the flow of your shoot?

Of course not! You do that all the time!!

Then guess what, having one light and one soft box won’t hinder you either. In fact, it will be even better because you’ll know that the light coming out of the strobe and soft box will be perfect, consistent light every single time you use it!

How great is that?!

The only thing new to learn is what equipment to get and how to set it up in a way that will work with your vintage film cameras and create soft, luminous, natural light looking photos each and every time you shoot.

 And I can’t wait to show you!

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Have a great day!

Sandra

natural looking studio strobes on film by Sandra Coan

Contax 645, Fuji 400h, and Strobes.  Processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.