How To Use Both Continuous And Strobe Lighting Simultaneously to Create Compelling Images

Jay P Morgan has been getting a lot of press recently for both his creative imagery and his informative behind-the-scenes videos, and for good reason: they're chock-full of great information and Jay shows everything from his lighting setups to post-processing tricks. In this BTS, Jay gives us a look at how he balances constant lights with strobe lights, something that is an integral part of many studio and location shoots. Balancing strobe and constant light has nearly endless applications: from location shooting for portraits, architecture and interior shooting, product shooting, wedding shooting and beyond.

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Michael Kelley ( is a Los Angeles-based architectural and fine art photographer with a background in digital art and sculpture. Using his backgrounds in the arts, he creates images that are surreal and otherworldly, yet lifelike and believable. A frequent traveler, Michael's personal work focuses on the built environment of unique

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I do this often on my fashion shoots. I love the mixed feeling you get from doing it.

Definitely a good way to mix it up if you can afford both strobes and hot lights.

Gorgeous - love the relationship between the light sources!

good stuff

What 2k or 1k lights would one recommend? Those are some pretty hot lights.

Actually aperture affects BOTH continuous AND flash light just like ISO... 

I never really understood why this guy is so popular here in fstoppers. He has like unlimited budget for gear/models/assistants but the photos always turn up to be mediocre. This shows that gear doesn't really matter that much. 

Truth be told though, from all his other videos, this one had the best photos. He went a bit too far with the post processing just to promote a lousy software that no one uses.

Also his theory is always solid and self explanatory. His end results though, not so much.