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Old 12-20-2006, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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While I know a debate may ensue, here goes. While I have used both, I have always been a fan of continous light over strobes. I'm not knocking strobes here, I have seen many excellent results using them. Hey, who can argue with the results of Playboy? It's fairly common knowledge that they use a lot of lights to get the desired effect for their various publications including their flagship. But anyhow, just my take, feel free to chime in with yours.

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Re: continous or strobe?
Old 12-26-2006, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Both types of lights have their place. I think that continuous lights make it a lot easier to learn good lighting because you see exactly what the light is doing and can play the what-if game much more easily. Strobes give you the advantage of freezing action and allow for a faster paced more dynamic session.

I shoot both ways and try to get the most from each. Here are two examples:

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One photo shot with $40 dollar shop lights the other with $1000 plus worth of strobes.

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Re: continous or strobe?
Old 12-26-2006, 04:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The hardest part of that first shot must have been getting four sets of identical lingerie for the quadruplets, right?

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Old 12-26-2006, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The hardest part of that first shot must have been getting four sets of identical lingerie for the quadruplets, right?

All 4 of the model's were totally unrelated to each other but they were indeed shocked to find that they all had the same bit of lingerie. Really it is a tribute to the make-up artist who spent 4 hours getting them to look almost identical. Of course, I carefully used light and shadow to obscure the face a bit on each to cover the parts that were not quite the same. All in all quite a feat of 4 phase photographic pomposity, wouldn't you say.

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Re: continous or strobe?
Old 12-28-2006, 01:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree, both do have their places, and can both have excellent results.

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All 4 of the model's were totally unrelated to each other but they were indeed shocked to find that they all had the same bit of lingerie. Really it is a tribute to the make-up artist who spent 4 hours getting them to look almost identical. Of course, I carefully used light and shadow to obscure the face a bit on each to cover the parts that were not quite the same. All in all quite a feat of 4 phase photographic pomposity, wouldn't you say.

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Old 12-28-2006, 10:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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my main lights are interfit hl1000's that are adjustable for their output. I use them almost exclusively because I always now exactly what I am getting withought having to take alot of light readings or test shots. Thats the big pro for me.
 
 
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One photo shot with $40 dollar shop lights the other with $1000 plus worth of strobes.
Uh, if you'll remember, that was a bit over $3,000 worth of strobes!
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...I have always been a fan of continous light over strobes....who can argue with the results of Playboy? It's fairly common knowledge that they use a lot of lights to get the desired effect for their various publications including their flagship. But anyhow, just my take, feel free to chime in with yours.
A good photographic craftsman will use the appropriate tool for the job. Sometimes that might be hot lights... sometimes it might be strobes. Sometimes it might be neither.

So, what's to argue about?


So who cares whether this one was lit with a single candle or not?
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Isiah,

You're correct about both having their merits. I use Interfit/Patterson (IP) Stellar lights sometimes with 500W tungsten, but most of the time with high watt daylight balanced fluorescent lamps. These lights can be used with most of IP's accessories too. Most of my work at the moment doesn't involve freezing the action, but I'd like to one day add some strobes to my roster.

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