Basic Photography Techniques : Studio Mono Lights for Photography

Hi! I’m Glamor Photographer, Joey Gunz. You
can check me out on-line at We are here today at Expert Village to talk
about our continuing series of improving your photography. Now if you have gone past using
your speed light that’s not on your camera when you don’t have enough light to really
wanting to produce professional, quality images, publication quality images, the next logical
step is to invest in a studio quality light source. Today we happen to have one such product.
It is often referred to as a mono light or photo strobe. Now these particular units are
very much like a speed light except that they produce a higher volume of power or flash
output. These units come with a on/off switch, they have an adjustable power source so you
can turn up or turn down the amount of flash output that they have. These units come with
a modeling light which is basically just a light in front that shines on your subject
and it lets you know where your shadows are falling so that you can adjust the light and
create the artistic affect that you are looking for. Some of the units actually come, can
you hear that, it’s actually a little beep that lets you know that the flash has recharged
itself. The one thing that really puts these units over the top is they have a photo sensor.
Most units have whats called a photo slay which mean if you take another light source
and let’s say for example this handy dandy speed light. Now if I test the test fire button
on this light and if you look here real close, you’ll notice that this light fires. Now no
radio transmitters or anything is going on here. It’s the fact that this is the light
output, the little photo sensor here picks up that light output and makes this unit fire
and then your camera will pick up the light from this unit and this unit before the shudder
closes. So let’s give an example and see if this thing works. Ah, did you see that? The
two beeps so the light worked. So again when we are in the studio and we want to produce
that print quality, those wild images that really garner attention and bring attention
to your work, invest in a set of mono lights. These things probably run anywhere from about
$200 to $300 all the way up to $1,500 to $1,800 higher, it just depends on the quality of
the build and the functionality and the features that are but into it. So again, for Expert
Village, I’m Joey Gunz. Be sure to check me on line at

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