Lighting In Photography, Continuous Light Or Flash?

When the time comes to take a step, and you seek to control the lighting in your sessions and create effects by supporting yourself with lighting kit, you have surely considered what kind of light is suitable for your work, if a play of light continues or opt better for some battery or studio flash.

We want to get you out of doubt and explain the differences between one type of lighting and another. Keep reading to know the differences between continuous light and studio flash, and see which one best suits your type of wedding photography or work.

Difference between continuous light and flash

Highlight the first thing that there is not one type of lighting that is better than another, the difference lies in the type of photographs that you can capture with both systems.

The flash is designed to be used with any object. It does not matter if it is static or moving because the beam of light will only trigger when we indicate it, while with continuous light it can only be used in static objects. This is how we get the shadows to be cleaner and not so sticky.

If we take into account the difficulty in mastering how to play with light in photography, the flash is a bit more powerful at the time of squeezing its capabilities because it allows us to take advantage of the full range of color in the scene, in addition to better control the type of light when raising and lowering power, get new results only with the use of accessories, and with some flashes freeze in the case of wanting to make a more creative photograph.

Finally, the life span of light bulbs differs quite a lot from one type of lighting to another. In the continuous light kits the energy consumption is low and the bulbs usually last about 15,000 hours; while in the flashes the flash tubes have an approximate duration of about 20,000 uses.

Get the best light quality in photography

While with the continuous light kits you can see the results in real time, with the flashes you will get the best light quality. By bringing them closer and / or away from the scene we can get the lighting we want to work with a low ISO and thus have the highest quality in the final image without grain or chromatic aberrations .

To measure the light in a flash scene we will have to use hand-held photometers, or use TTL flashes such as the Profoto Off-Camera Flash B2, with which we can adjust the light power directly from the camera. When measuring, it is best to do it on the incident light, not on the one reflected in the subject.

Today flash kits have a large number of accessories such as umbrellas, windows, reflectors, etc. All of them help us to use the light in a much more creative way and to be able to illuminate any scene.

A while ago we talked about 4 ways to use a softbox in a photo shoot . We are sure that you will be able to know better how to squeeze your flash to the maximum with these tips.

Continuous light or flash?

The beginning would be according to your work and style of photography to know, what kind of lighting you are looking for, how you will use it and how long you would like to have this equipment. The answers to these questions will help you to study between different brands and models, the ideal team for you.

Once you have the equipment, you will be able to incorporate accessories to get the most out of it and be creative.