The vast majority of studio strobes have modeling lights built-in, which most of us think of as being useful for showing how the shadows are going to fall when we take a shot, but they are useful for more than just that. This quick and helpful video will give you three reasons why you should always use the modeling lights on your strobes.
Coming to you from Jeff Carpenter with Readylight Media, this great video discusses three reasons why you should use the modeling light on your studio strobe. Of them, I think the most overlooked is the effect it will have on your subject’s pupil size. Strobes fire too quickly to reduce the size of your subject’s pupils in time to be captured by your camera, and since you probably have little ambient light in your studio when shooting, they are normally quite large in that environment. As a result, the size of the subject’s irises are reduced, and you lose color in their eyes. By using a modeling light, you can bring back a lot of the subject’s irises and that great color. Check out the video above for lots of helpful tips from Carpenter.
And if you really want to improve your lighting, check out Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley