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A Beginner’s Guide to Lights

Whether you are taking photos of your family, creating makeup tutorials online, or shooting a model in the studio, there will come a time when you need more than ambient light to get the job done. But what kind of light should you choose? This article will guide you through some of the most popular types of lights to help you decide which is best for your specific needs.

On-camera flashes are popular choices for wedding and event photographers.
On-camera flashes are popular choices for wedding and event photographers.

On-Camera Flash

The first kind of lights most photographers become acquainted with are on-camera flashes. This makes sense for a number of reasons. First, they are small, so you can take them practically anywhere you take your camera without worrying about extra weight or bags. Second, they communicate directly with your camera. You can trigger an on-camera flash without having to worry about managing radio channels or additional accessories. Finally, many incorporate through-the-lens (TTL) capabilities, which can be a great benefit for photographers who are still learning how to set their lights manually.

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