How to Mix Strobes and Continuous Lights for Dramatic Lighting Effects

Blending continuous lighting and strobes may seem technically daunting, but this helpful video tutorial makes the process look smooth, artistic, and accessible. Check out how it was done.

Coming to you from Prince Meyson, this great video tutorial will show you how to mix flash and constant lighting. Meyson uses the combination to craft a layered lighting design, mixing hard and soft illumination to add dimension. Subtly feathering and angling an array of units selectively shapes contours and fills shadows for added drama and intrigue. While constant lights still are not at the level of strobes in terms of power for the most part, they are becoming more and more versatile and can be found in an increasing number of photo studios. The advantage of constant lights, besides being able to use them at any shutter speed, is that you can see exactly how the light is falling on your subject, and with the exposure preview of a mirrorless camera, how the final exposure will look. This makes it far easier to get the lighting just how you want it and can make you more efficient. Still, flash holds some advantages, especially its generally higher power output. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Meyson. 

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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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