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Continuous Lighting

Ordinary lights are generally 'continuous lighting', by contrast with studio strobes and handheld flashguns which emit a short pulse of very intense light.

Continuous lighting is the most natural for us to use. Typical continuous lighting is

  • The sun, and derived ambient light
  • Domestic light fittings, usually tungsten
  • Commercial light fittings, usually fluorescent
  • Industrial lighting, often mercury vapour
  • TV studio lighting
  • Theatre lighting
  • Photographic studio continuous lighting

For photography, strobe lights are generally preferred over other artificial lighting, because they provide very powerful bursts of light, sufficient for photography, and very little heat. Theatre and TV studio lighting is oppressive in its heat, but delivers insufficient light for most photographic purposes. Photographic studio hot lights are oppressively hot. Photographic studio cold lights generally provide only enough light for essentially static subjects, such as product photography.

(Source: Wiki.Nikonians.org)

 

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