Studio Lights Flashes are every photographer’s first step into controlling light. We start with on-camera flash and then move the camera off flash to achieve different lighting effects. The next step is always to add multiple light sources, and this is where photographers divide. Some photographers add multiple flashes and control them using the technologies described in the previous chapter. Other photographers keep their single flash for on-camera use, and add larger monolights to create studio-quality lighting, whether in the studio or on location. The previous chapter described technology designed to allow you to create multi-light setups with standard flashes. Monolights, however, are a much better choice for most portrait, wedding, product, and commercial photographers, whether amateur or professional. In fact, I believe that far too many photographers invest in complex multi-flash setups when they should choose less expensive, more powerful, and often just as portable studio lighting. This site provides quick recommendations for beginner studio lighting. For those of you who want to understand the technology so you can make your own educated buying decisions, I’ll go into detail about the most important considerations for choosing studio lighting and give you an overview of the most popular brands of studio lights: