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Surrealism aimed to revolutionise human experience, rejecting a rational vision of life in favour of one that asserted the value of the unconscious and dreams. The movement’s poets and artists found magic and strange beauty in the unexpected and the uncanny, the disregarded and the unconventional.
What is Surealism?
Light Stands: These are adjustable stands that hold Studio Strobes and other lighting accessories in the studio. They are height-adjustable and can hold varying weights depending on price and quality. They are air-filled, which means if you loosen one of the height knobs your expensive light won't come crashing down. It works like a shock on a car.
Tripod: Is a three-legged stand that holds your camera in place and protects it from falling or tipping over. Also called the "photographers helper" since it acts as a second set of hands while you're taking pictures. Tripods are great for setting up a studio shoot that will have the same background, but with varying objects or people, for example: senior portraits, or shooting a catalog of shoes.
Studio Strobes and Power Packs: A strobe is a fancy word describing a really power flash, like the one on your camera. They are large very powerful free standing flash units. The more light you have, the more flexibility you have setting up your exposure (aperture and shutter speed) so you can take really fast and really bright pictures. They are measured in watt-seconds, for example, our studio flashes are 300-watt seconds meaning they can make a flash of 300 watts every second. An average household lamp bulb is 40-60 watts. The more light you have also means the larger the object you can photograph, like a group of people. For example, if you have 4-300 watt strobes, you can take one picture that will generate 200 watts, which can light a large room full of people like at a wedding.
There are two kinds of lights; Monolights and Power packs. Monolights mean that the strobe has it's own power supply built into the lights like the ones we use for our portrait setups. These work great, but you have to go to each light and make the adjustments individually, which can be annoying if you're shooting something with six lights. Power packs take care of this issue because they are essentially power stations that you plug all of the lights into. These power packs can take anywhere from 2 to 4 lights and can be adjusted from the pack like the setup we have with the light table and large softbox.
Soft Boxes and Accessories: Translucent screen used to diffuse light. creates a softer light with less contrast, similar to the quality of light on a cloudy day. They are boxes that go over the strobes to soften the light. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, depending on the type of photography you are doing. Softboxes are also made for on-camera flashes and can give you the look of studio lighting on location.
Continuous Lighting: Continuous lighting is a fancy work for light that is left on the whole time during a shoot. Once used primarily in video, continuous lighting is more widely used with the invention of CFL and LED bulbs. This type of lighting can be left on while not generating too much heat and can now be used with dimmers.
Light Meter: Instrument to measure light that is independent of the camera itself. Almost all cameras (beginner and advanced) and Smartphones have therir own built-in light meter. The light meter automatically makes the expsoure for you giving you the recommended aperture and shutter settings. Professionals prefer to use hand-held meters because they are far more accurate and can be used in a variety of situations both in and outdoors.
Backdrops: This is the term used for the material being used for the background of your image. It can be a painted wall or using colored paper or muslin, which is a type of dyed fabric with different patterns and textures.
Wireless Transmitters: This little device is what connects your camera to your studio strobes. Using radio frequency, it transmits a signal from the studio light to the camera to take the picture and for the light to go off. Also called radio slaves, these transmitters can be either wired or wireless and have a range of 4 to 200 feet. They run on multiple channels, which if you have multiple setups like we do, you can adjust them so multiple sets can work at the same time without setting off each other's lights.