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For Still Photography, Strobe or Video Light?

the choice has become less clear

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Photography techniques continually evolve. Back in the '60s, when I first started life as a photographer, lighting for photography was directly developed from lighting for movies, with huge spotlights of 5000 watts and more. Flash was limited to expendable flashbulbs, some as big as household bulbs, which came at a cost. This was paralleled in the underwater photography world, where pioneers used big flashbulbs because the batteries needed to fuel big constant light sources were impractical.

Then came the reliable electronic strobe, and eventually, underwater electronic strobes became reliable and small enough not to encumber a diver carrying a big camera. Electronic strobes became "de rigeur" for underwater still photography. However, shooting video was different. You needed constant light output....

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