Definition

Ambient Light

Ambient light is background light, such as natural outdoor light or indoor light from artificial sources such as lightbulbs or fluorescent tubes.

Did you know?

Most LED lights actually flicker, but because this is invisible to the naked eye, we still categorise LEDs as ambient light.

Flash Lighting Units

These fire a quick flash of light and can be called electronic flash units, speedlights, or strobes. They work well because they're easy to use and have a high output despite their small size. The short firing time helps to freeze subjects that are in motion, resulting in photos in which the image is sharp, rather than blurred. The shorter exposure time is advantageous when compared to continuous light, as a flash provides higher light levels.

Did you know?

The word strobe comes from the Greek word for "whirling".

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