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Flash coverage is another factor to consider when
purchasing a strobe.
flash coverageThe area that a flash will illuminate is known as the angle of coverage
should match the
angle of coverageThe angle between rays of light entering a lens from the extreme corners of a scene. AKA angle of view (AOV)
of your widest
lens otherwise your shots end up lit very unevenly. This is probably the
commonest mistake to ruin beginner's shots.
Most strobes cover either a standard or wide-angle lens. If you buy a strobe
to match your widest lens then you will cover all eventualities, but you
shouldn't be put off a buying a narrow beam strobe if the price is right.
Coverage can always be increased by the use of a
diffuserA device that increases the effective area of a lightsource i.e. makes it less pointlike. This is usually a piece of opal or translucent plastic that can be fitted to the front of a light source.
to spread the light
(at the expense of power output - another reason to over-buy on power).
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