"What kind of lights do I need?" - A Photographer/Videographer's Buying Guide
Posted on February 07 2014
When you are new to photography you may be lost as to what kind of gear you may need. Here at Fovitec, we love beginners! Our equipment is user friendly and we have a wide variety for any type of photography or videography shoot. Let’s go through some different lighting needs that will help you better determine where you fall.Newbie to Beginner’s Lighting Choice: So you have decided to do some photography or video and you have never purchased lights before? Look no further! Our Continuous Lighting Kits have everything you need to simply plug in and go—no syncing required! We recommend this type of lighting to beginners, because it has a “what you see is what you get” aspect. When you are first learning how to light your subject, these lights help you literally see how the light is wrapping your subject as you are physically moving the lights around. They have different light modifier options, and are very versatile. Videographer’s Lighting Choice: For video we suggest going with our LED Lighting Kits. These are great for video sets with wider angles, because they use spotlight LED bulbs that provide an illumination distance of more than 16ft, which makes it ideal for long distance shooting. We also offer them in Bi-Color or Daylight balanced so you can have full control of the color temperature by either combine them with Tungsten lights, Daylight lights, or somewhere in between. They are also compatible with Sony V-Lock Battery systems which makes them portable for on location shoots.
Amateur to Professional’s Lighting Choice: Typically, a photographer graduates from Continuous Lighting Kits to Monolight/Strobe Lighting Kits. This is a natural evolution that every photographer goes through. You have more experience with lighting, and therefore become more particular about your studio lighting. Monolights/Strobes will give you much more lighting power as well as more light control. With Monolights/Strobes, photographers are able to use more power which leads to lower ISOs (less grain/noise), faster shutter speeds (moving subjects), and greater apertures (f/22, f/16, f/11). This is not to say that beginners cannot just jump into strobes right away—do not be intimidated! Strobes generally have a greater learning curve, but we believe that anyone can learn to use them. Some beginners may find themselves in a lighting situation where they must have more lighting power, and this is where strobes will help you succeed.