Common Misconceptions About Artificial Lighting

Artificial lighting is its own world, and it can be a bit overwhelming to try to tackle it all when you are new to the pursuit, which leads to some common misconceptions about the different types of flash, what they are used for, and how they work. This excellent video tutorial examines a lot of those misconceptions and offers a lot of helpful information that will make you better prepared to tackle working with artificial light. 

Coming to you from John Gress, this awesome video tutorial discusses some common misconceptions about artificial lighting, including continuous lights versus flash, the different types of flash, flash duration, power, the inverse square law, and more. It is important to learn this information as soon as possible, not just because it will make you better prepared to work with artificial light, but because there are a few different workflows and types of equipment that photographers employ depending on their preferences and needs, and you will want to be sure you purchase what is right for you. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Gress.

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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