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Studio flashes make it possible for photographers to completely determine the light themselves in their studio, or on location – inside or outside. After having to work with lights for years, the first studio flashes became available for the photographer in the fifties. And since then, these flash units tripod out with accessories to better influence the shape and quality of light and shadow.
Since similar useful accessories for reporter flashes became available to photojournalists, flashes became increasingly popular, where, until then, the high sensitivities of films and later film sensors often determined the trend. An important advantage of the flash was (and is) the improved focus and colour saturation compared to images in existing light and higher ISO setting. Compared to studio flashes from Godox, Metz and Multiblitz, among others, with their greater light output, reporter flashes have become more universal, but certainly not a replacement.
Studio flashes are ideal for:
Portrait or model photography and product or interior photography
Evenly illuminating larger subjects or groups of people
Some advantages compared to reporter flashes
Extra lamp built in to better focus and assess reflection/shadow
Less strong shadow due to larger diameter flash reflector compared to subject
More effective light output allows for larger soft boxes
The many accessories offer countless possibilities for creative lighting applications
Shadow is sometimes beautiful, sometimes annoying
That's why there are light formers to prevent, for example, a portrait from appearing stuck to the background by a deep black 'core shadow'. Sometimes, moving the light sources can improve things a bit, often it takes too much time. By making the light source compared to the subject larger with an umbrella, soft box or beauty dish, the shade either disappears completely, or becomes a lot less deep black.
Good to know
Most studio flash units are Monobloc devices, such as reporter flash units built in a single case. Flash systems with separate lamp head and a unit with control panel plus connections are much more expensive, less flexible because of extra cables, and – except for large photo studios – less and less in use. Battery powered flash systems with separate lamps are popular professionally. We also offer similar battery options for single flash units, in order to flash faster consecutively and to increase the number of flashes. For extra comfort in the studio and on location, there are also wireless transmitters and receivers instead of flash cables.
Due to larger production and cheaper technology, very affordable studio flash units are now available. These new generations of studio flashes deliver a perfect and balanced lighting solution, both in the studio and on location, for almost any subject. With us, you will find a wide range to take your photography to the next level.