Strobe vs Flash

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  1. Dmitri

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    Whats the difference?
     
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    taco vs. taco

    well strobe was originally a brand of studio flash.
     
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    oh. Now I feel stupid.

    Thanks :)
     
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    A strobe is typically a xenon tube that will flash repeatedly. A Flash is a one shot source of light that happens to use a strobe assembly
     
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    When I read "strobe", I think of Alien bees, etc.

    When I read "flash", I think of that little toy that shouldn't be on top of the camera :lmao:

    Cheers, Don
     
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    To me a strobe is a studio monolight,

    A speedlight is a shoe mounted flash unit that can be used off the camera also,

    and a flash is the pop-up unit built into a camera.
     
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    Thanks all.

    I do mostly animals and landscape stuff, and wanting to try to get into more controlled photos (portraits, still life, that sort of thing). I understand much of it, light tent, short/broad/rembrant lighting, etc. but the off camera flash/strobe/monolight stuff confuses the heck outa me.
     
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    In most cases the terms are interchangeable....but I tend to call a 'studio style' light a strobe and a 'hot shoe' light a flash.
     
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    :thumbup: As simple as that.
     
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    yup.
     
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