Artificial lighting is its own universe, and it may be a bit intimidating to attempt to handle it all when you are new to the quest. As a result, there are some frequent misconceptions about the many types of flash, what they are used for, and how they function. You will be more equipped to handle working with artificial light after seeing this top-notch video lesson, which debunks a good number of those myths and provides a lot of useful information that will be of use to you.

This fantastic video tutorial on artificial lighting is brought to you by John Gress. In it, he dispels some of the more widespread misunderstandings regarding topics such as the distinction between continuous lights and flash, the various types of flash, flash duration, power, the inverse square law, and more.

It is important to learn this information as soon as possible, not only because it will make you better prepared to work with artificial light, but also because there are a few different workflows and types of equipment that photographers employ depending on their preferences and needs, and you will want to make sure that you purchase what is appropriate for you. 

It is important to learn this information as soon as possible. Watch the video that’s been embedded above to get the complete overview from Gress.

Check out Peter Hurley’s new book, “Illuminating the Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley,” if you’re interested in advancing your knowledge of how to light a portrait.

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