Portrait Photography using continuous lighting




Gavin Hoey explores with the use of the smick.co.uk 3 head super softbox continuous lighting kit to take portraits. The kit is powerful and versatile, this is an alternative to studio flash for taking portraits, the main advantage is that you see what you get.

The kit uses energy saving compact fluorescent daylight bulbs which means that they produce great light and not much heat compared with tungsten redhead type lighting. It can be used as video lighting as well as still photography making this a very versatile bit of kit. www.smick.co.uk

Now using LED bulbs so more power.
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Comments 44

  1. Hello am Frank from Ghana, i recently got a loadstone studio set(1800w versatile complete background support lighting kit with square octagon softbox) am facing challenges with how to position the lights to have a good exposure. Please can you help me?

  2. Hi! hopefully you're still answering questions :/
    I have a 3 light setup as well, but I haven't purchased any bulbs yet. the reason being that I've seen it is recommended to use full spectrum CFLs instead of the limited spectrum you get out of the normal CFLs. These bulbs are a lot more expensive than the normal ones, however the main issue here is that full spectrum CFLs are not available in my country (Chile), I can have them shipped here and that's not a problem, but I wonder if it's worth the extra trouble and money to buy them abroad and ship them here.
    So basically, I'm asking your opinion as a professional, would you get a MUCH better outcome out of a full spectrum or the difference is not enough to make it worth the trouble.
    Thanks!

  3. Hi, I really like the softer effect that you seem to get in some of your videos. There is another one with Freya too. Is this because your using continuous lights instead if flash? I am assuming so as the other times I have seen such an effect is when natural light is the main source. Many thanks for great videos

  4. Excellent tutorial!  For the longest time, I was convinced that I had to save up in order to buy the monolights and flash units…. Now, I am not so convinced.I am in the process of purchasing some continuous lights; so it looks like I just need a white muslin and I will be good to go… Oh and one of those cropper things for my camera. lol…. In either case, thanks for sharing.

  5. These are continuous lighting strobe is flash, for compact fluorescent then look at the wattage of the bulbs and not what light output they say. The more light then the shorter the exposure.

  6. It is not lights that make your images dark it is exposure, as in the video we have a minimum of 50 watt bulbs, in each head 4 bulbs and the third light has 3 x 50 watt bulbs. We do not recommend any lower wattage than this for still images.

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