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How to Pick the Right Studio Lights for Studio Photography

Learn how to pick the right studio lights from professional photographer Chris Ryan in this Howcast video.


My name is Chris Ryan. I'm a photographer. We're here at my studio, Chris Ryan Photography, in northwest Portland. If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my website at, or if you'd like to follow my daily activities, go to my Facebook page, Chris Ryan Photography in Portland, Oregon. Today, I'm going to talk to you about studio photography. Choosing the right studio photography lights. Well, there's a wide range of stuff available out there, that's for sure. It always kind of comes down to what is your budget, and what are your needs. There's a lot of off brands out there that can get you started and get you working right away. The more you can spend on a light kit or the brand of the kit, the more flexibility you have. And so, if you're just starting out, weigh those options. How much flexibility do you need? What is your budget? And then, get what you can afford. A good midrange kit will give you the ability to add light modifiers, light grids to sort of spot your light, and diffuse the lights. Another very handy modifier is the mola dish, or the beauty dish. So, look at what your budget is, what your needs are, and go from there.

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