I have recently found out that many of my friends and people I know are really good with their
cameras. However, they often realize they lack something – equipment. There was a time when I
had this problem too. I am going to recommend you some basic equipment you should have
and which is also affordable.
I was still in high school and I was rather an outdoor photographer, I would say. I took
best photos in the daylight and in the sun, that is where photos look great. As the time
went on, I had to photograph for example products photos and portraits. I realized, even though the photos
looked good, they lack something. I happened to try the Terronic photo studio
equipment, which my former teacher got for the photo studio.
All this equipment is essential for photography and I could continue. I mean for photography which is
worthwhile, for example product photography, portraits,, jakékoliv photography.
You can basically use this equipment for any kind of photography.. After all, a well
illuminated ﬁgure (illuminated with one or two ﬂash heads, taken with high aperture and low ISO) looks
simply better than a photo without ﬂash.
Flash head or constant light?
Constant light has several advantages for video shooting or taking photos
of tricky objects, because what we see will be exactly in the photograph.
On the other hand,ﬂash head will deﬁnitely provide more light, thus
we can uselower ISO light sensitivity. So there is a little chance of image noise, and
we can close the aperture even more to sharpen the scene. .
All-in-one? No problem
Terronic studio ﬂash heads from the Basic Line allow you to use a modeling lamp and ﬂash
together. You can illuminate the scene and see shadows and reﬂections and then take the photo with ﬂash.
The ﬂash power can be set in 0.1 f-steps and because of the widely used Bowens
adapater , you can attach a wide variety of accessories such as reﬂectors, softboxes, umbrellas
and even more.
If you photograph product photos, portraits, sports photography or anything else, using these ﬂash heads
is only up toyour imagination. That’s all the magic.
It’s good to have more power than you need
People tend to use a ﬂash head that has exactly the power they need for a certain project. So they choose
Terronic Basic 200 instead of Basic 400, because it’s enough for them. Although Basic 400 is twice
as powerfulas Basic 200.
Later on, when they want to illuminate more advanced project, for example sports or use the ﬂash headsin
the daylight, they realize it’s not enough.
It’s all about the light
And that’s the most beautiful thing about photography. If you are a complete beginner or slightly advanced
photographer, it is quite handy to have any kind of light that you need at that moment.
Hard light right from the reﬂector will create sharp shadows. Soft and spread
light reduces or eliminates shadows because of an umbrella or softbox. You can create straight
light with a honey comb ﬁlter or a thin ray of light from a snoot reﬂector, which can be further
pointed using a honey comb ﬁlter.
MThere are plenty of possibilities, it’s only up to you which one you choose.
Jan NovákProduct specialist - Studio Lighting System
Product specialist, photographer, photography lecturer and author of articles about lighting and photography. Takes care of technical questions, designing studios and making price offers. He focuses on portraits, glamour and nude photography using Nikon cameras and lenses.