Continuous Lighting


Continuous Lighting: The Beauty And The Beast Of Continuity

Photography is all about lighting. The cardinal rule of lighting is of utmost importance, particularly in a studio environment. Studio photographers know that the success of every studio shot relies on the skillful and creative manipulation of lighting.

Without excellent lighting, every photograph is rendered lifeless. It is therefore a must for studio photographers and photo enthusiasts to acquaint with all types of studio lighting. Studio photography lighting has two main categories, continuous lighting and strobe lighting. This article closely examines the attributes of continuous lights.

Advantages Of Continuous Lighting

Continuous lights can be moved around the set, thereby enabling the photographer to see directly the impact of lighting effects, especially the presence of highlights and shadows on the set. It may sound funny, but continuous lighting follows the statement “what you see is what you get”. The lighting effects you see on the set are immediately seen on the camera’s monitor. No more hidden shadows or inconsistencies. These properties make continuous lights perfect for beginners who are trying their hand at using artificial lighting sources.

When the photographer masters this technique of positioning continuous lights, the results can be far greater than the ordinary. By simply knowing where these lights should be situated, the photographer can easily determine the right angle of lighting he can utilise to his advantage. Continuous lights are also economical and are therefore a prudent lighting choice for individuals who want a low-budget approach to studio photography.

Disadvantages Of Continuous Lighting

Continuous lights are believed to have more disadvantages than advantages. Continuous lights especially tungsten and quartz-halogen bulbs, are notorious for producing more heat than light. Heat emitted from these bulbs often melts the props and constricts the pupils of the model’s eyes, which doesn’t look good on portraits. These lights also warm the studio set, making it uncomfortable for the photographer and the subject. To get rid of the heat-emitting properties of continuous lights, use newer daylight-balanced fluorescent bulbs.