Mark shares his thoughts on the several lights a photographer should use indoors for studio photography. In this first episode, Mark uses three Elinchrom Monolights from the D-Lite RX range and explains the difference between light shapers such as the Portalite softboxes and the Umbrellas.
The D-Lite RX range is perfect for the introduction to studio flash photography. The D-Lite One is the lowest in power, then you have the D-Lite 2 and the D-Lite 4, each one increasing themselves by one F-stop.
But the question you should be asking yourself before you buy anything is; how much “flash” are you going to need for a photoshoot? Make sure you buy two heads because that’s when all the magic happens!
It is important to remember that one light should just do one job.
The key light’s job is to light the subject (that’s the main light), whereas a secondary light is often used to separate your subject from the background; it could be a hair light or a background light.
Make sure that each of those lights is just doing its job and is not crossing each other because that can cause contamination of light and can take away the power, and the real simplicity of the portrait.
However, if I were doing more group photography, I would probably opt for a more umbrella style of lighting than I would with a softbox. The umbrella allows the light to spread and navigate out, whereas the softbox controls the light into smaller light sources and does not allow it to spread much.
Once you’ve mastered lighting techniques with Softboxes and Umbrellas, you will want to add a little spice to your photographs by using additional lighting tools. Accessories such as Snoots, Honeycombs, or Barndoors can significantly improve your lighting and create additional visual effects to your photography.
Start as you mean to go with equipment that’s simple and easy to use. Kick off your journey into flash photography with the D-Lite RX range.
Octa, Strip, and Recta are the three shapes for the Elinchrom Rotalux Go Softbox range. The fastest go-to quality softbox for your next adventure.
Simple and straightforward to use, shallow and deep umbrellas spread soft diffused light over larger surface areas.
This video will show you the content of a D-Lite RX To Go Set and how to proceed with your first setup. From mounting a Softbox to connecting a Transmitter.
Low-key, Mid-key, and High-key: three fundamental lighting setups you should learn when starting with lighting. An introduction to your first studio setups.