In the Studio we have several lights on a ceiling rigging system that can be used to achieve different lighting effects. The rigging allows the lights to be positioned around the studio and the subject with ease. They are also height adjustable. The following diagram shows the lights as default studio position :
As you can see from the diagram, there are 2 different light heads that are used. The lights power is controlled by a master switch on the studio wall.
Latch Release – allows to remove the reflectors/softboxes
Photocell – Infrared receiver for remote control units
Ready Light – illuminates when unit is powered up
Flash Power Control – Controls the power of flash in 1/3rds of f-stops
Modelling Lamp Control – Controls the power of the modelling lamp
Test Flash Button – Allows you to “flash” the unit when power has changed
Power switch- Has 2 settings , I – when using mains power II- for battery power.
Cell – turns the remote trigger cell on and off
Beep – Turns the audible ready beep on and off
Lamp – Turns the modelling lamp on and off
Sync – Allows you to use a sync cable to attach your camera to the unit
The unit itself has 2 bulbs on it, the Modelling lamp and the Flash Tube.
LED Display – Shows the F-Stop Values
F-stop Control – adjusts the F-Stop Values
Test Button – Test Fires the flash
Lamp Button – Controls the modelling lamp
Flash Sensor – Infra red detector of external flash
IMPORTANT NOTE : when you F-stop values on both of these units, it is important to test fire the flash prior to using it to take a shot. This enables the flash to discharge the power from the previous settings.
Snoot – Allows for controlled directional light
Soft Box – Soft Boxes provide a soft diffused light. They are gentler than using a more directional light head such as the snoot.
Remote Triggers – These are used with the camera, one unit attached to the light and the other to the camera, allows you to sync the flash with the camera without needing a physical cable. Useful when needing to move around the subject and for shooting outdoors.