what kind of lighting to get

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    I am kind of in the intermediate range of photography and am looking to improve. What I need right now are better light sources for portraiture and maybe some wedding photography. My current (continuous) lights are just not bright enough. I am having a hard time deciding whether I should go with continuous lights or strobes. I feel more comfortable with continuous (due to the what you see is what you get aspect) lights, but I am willing to switch to strobe lights if that is what is best. I have some continuous light heads that I could put some higher watt bulbs in to produce more light, but since the bulbs are fairly spendy themselves, I'd like to make the smartest decision and if I'm going to start going with strobes, I'd rather just spend my money there instead of replacing the bulbs now and then spending a few hundred more soon on other lights. Any insight would be much appreciated. And if anyone knows of any specific lights that would work well that would be fantastic (ie what wattage or watt seconds).


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    I know more about lighting theory than about light sources. by that I mean I could hardly tell someone 'buy this brand or that brand'. but what I do know is that for a serious photographer, continuous light won't just cut it. two issues, heat and bulk. there are also some safety issues. 'feeling comfortable with continuous lighting' really is not an issue because all strobes do have modeling lights, which allow you to visualize what you're gonna get. they may not be as bright as continuous light but that's not the point. the point is just to see how the light is gonna fall on the subject so you can control the ratio and the shadows. with digital cameras you already have the added benefit of visualizing the shot after capture. I started out with a basic kit 110 ws and 150 ws monolight, two stands and an umbrella. basic but you learn better with basic. when you feel comfortable and want to upgrade, you will have known so much about lighting that you wouldn't need to ask 'what kinda light do I need?'

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    If photography suggests creating with light, after that lighting equipment is a photographer's pen. Including lighting gear to a digital photography package opens up countless imaginative possibilities to have fun with shadows, develop a glow, or include that shimmering source of light. However comprehending lighting is additionally one of the trickiest tasks for brand-new and intermediate professional photographers to deal with. So what is the best photography lights?

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    what kind of lighting to get

    Been reading this board as a new owner of Innovation and keep coming across the term "tech up" or "teching". Forgive the stupid question: What does that mean?

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    THIS is also the difference between a chap with a camera and a working Professional with 30+ years of experience, we all have to start somewhere I agree, good luck

    If you are doing weddings don't make the laughable mistake of using a stofen OUTSIDE they are inside only

    Use anything other than flash outside? is that what you are asking, never

    IF you consider weddings I am a pro shooter, I get paid, do you have BOTH Public liability AND public indemnity insurance, TWO cameras with at least one having dual card slots for backup

    I use Nikon SB910 units, four on occasion, with Pocket Wizards, a half decent setup is 1000 ish

    If you are shooting just indoors then

    https://www.wexphotovideo.com/elinch...o-set-1593854/

    This does not include 2-300 for backdrops, stands, props,

    If I were shooting weddings I would not go cheap, expect to be sued to the max if your gear or you screw up, hence Pub. indemnity ins, or your house
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