A honeycomb grid is a lighting attachment designed to narrow the light from a flash or continuous lighting source into a tight beam. It gets its name from the hexagonal shape of the holes in the grid. Where other lighting attachments are designed to spread and soften the light, a honeycomb grid is design to focus it tightly on a single area. It’s a type of light modifier.
Watt-seconds is the usual measurement for the power output of professional flash systems. 1 watt-second is equivalent to the power of 1 watt for a period of 1 second. It’s used because it’s a measure of raw power output independent of any lighting modifiers, angle of coverage or reflective surfaces Continue reading “Watts (watt-seconds)”
A lighting modifier is designed to change the character of the light from a flashgun, or some other source of artificial lighting. Mostly they soften or diffuse the light, or change its direction. Continue reading “Modifier (lighting)”
A continuous light built into many professional flashguns so that you can see the effect of the light ahead of taking the picture. Without a modelling lamp, you won’t really be able to gauge the effect of the lighting without taking a shot and looking at the result. Continue reading “Modelling lamp”
Flash duration is the length of time a flash is generating light. The flash duration is typically very short, often between 1/500sec and 1/1000sec, but often even faster than that. Continue reading “Duration (flash)”
A brolly is a lighting modifier for professional flash systems. It’s designed to provide a much larger, softer light source than a naked flash head, and it’s one of the most popular lighting accessories. Continue reading “Brolly”
A softbox fits around the head of a flash to provide a larger and more diffuse rectangular light source. It’s very popular amongst professional photographers for product shots, where it produces even lighting and nice reflections off glossy surfaces, and for portrait photographers who want to achieve a softer, more flattering effect. Continue reading “Softbox”
A cable connector for socket external flash units that’s still found on higher-end cameras like pro DSLRs but is becoming less and less common as photographers switch to wireless flash systems. These are usually triggered by a ‘master’ unit attached to the camera.
The names used by Nikon and Canon respectively for their camera flash units, both built-in pop-up flash and external flashguns. There’s nothing intrinsically different about these compared to regular flashguns – it’s just a different choice of name.