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How to Buy a Photo Studio Flash

Photo studio flash has revolutionized the way photographers illuminate their subject. Prior to its invention, options for lighting your scene was very limited. Earlier, you could either use the available light or add up some additional light using your heavy lighting equipments. In many situations photographers used to miss opportunities or spoil them due to lighting issues. Photography flash however, is one of the most useful additions to any photo studio, as it provides you complete flexibility to illuminate your subject whichever way you want. This equipment is very useful for situations where ambient lighting is unfavorable. It allows you to transform your dull scene into a brightly illuminated shot in no time. Choosing a studio flash therefore, needs more attention than just checking out the price. Here are some considerations that must note while buying this equipment.

Power of the photo studio flash

Check out the Guide Number or GN value of the flash. GN value represents the power output; the more the GN value, more will be the light output. If you are a studio photographer who mostly shoots portraits, a studio flash with lower GN value will work for you but if you want to shoot big fat weddings, big sized products, night life, etc. the flash you choose must omit sufficient light to illuminate your shot. Always choose a flash that has the highest GN value that you can afford; because you can decrease its output as and when required but wonít be able to increase it beyond a certain point.

Check out the recycling rate

Recycling rate determines how fast your photography flash can recycle back and get ready to burst again. This is basically the time between two flashes. Recycling rate is directly proportional to your flash output, i.e. the higher the output the more will be the recycling time and vice versa. If you are shooting portraits, you wonít be much affected by the amount of time your flash takes for recycling but if you are an event photographer, you must buy a photo studio flash that has minimal recycling rate so that you donít miss any shooting opportunity while your flash recycles.

Watch the amount of heat generated

This factor wonít affect you if you are going to take just a couple of shots but for shooting events and extended periods assignments, buy a photography flash that has a long duty cycle so that you can shoot without interruption. Duty cycle refers to the time duration for which you can continuously use a flash without cooling it. Advanced varieties of flashes are equipped with heat sinks or fans to keep them cool.

Before buying, evaluate your requirements and see what type of photo studio flash can meet your needs. Donít let price be a constraint because a cheap flash may not be able to serve your requirements. If you find the above-mentioned pointers helpful, why not subscribe our newsletter or like our Facebook page and encourage us to write more such helpful articles.

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