A&P ~900 to spend on studio lighting- give me your input

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  1. Tedrzz

    Tedrzz New Member

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    I'm about to pull the trigger on some studio lighting. I need the most bang for my buck!

    My thoughts:

    2 AB 800's
    2 13' heavy duty stands
    2 48" umbrellas. The area that I'm going to take pictures in will be large enough so I won't have to worry about light spill, relections..etc
    Radio/Transmitter combo

    I think I'm going to order it tonight to get a jumpstart on it. Am I missing something? Am I making a BIG mistake?
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    how big is the room?
     
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    Tedrzz New Member

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    It's in a lobby of an auditorium..40 foot ceilings and prolly 150x100
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    If you'll be using a backdrop, you'll probably want one more strobe for the background light. You can use the AB800s for the fill and key and an AB400 for the b/g light.
     
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    Tedrzz New Member

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    Do I really need one? Will the shadows creep in if I dont use one?
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    well, what exactly are you shooting or what are your expectations?
     
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    Shooting single portraits of people. A holiday concert is coming up at the highschool i graduated from and I want to take pictures of kids in their tuxedos and dresses for their parents.

    Expectation wise...great lighting, ease of use..
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    For something like that, I'd use a simple backdrop. Using one strobe for the b/g isn't necessary, especially if you're on a budget. Some of the other guys that do more portrait work can chime in.
     
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    I'd spring for some softboxes over the umbrellas...perhaps get yourself a hairlight...and a cheap background light.
     
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    See the problem I am seeing is that when I'm not in a HUGE room I'll be in my basement. And my basement is pretty small. So if I don't have alot of room maybe I should opt for a softbox.
     
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    Have you thought about using hotlights with gels for the background. You can get lots of light for almost nothing using them. You may not end up with an exact color match to your stobes but if the lights are only on the background then you might be able to make that work for you.

    Example: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...734&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

    might not be the light you'd want to use, but you get the idea. You can get SV thrifty barndoors for $30 and another <$30 for some filter gels and tuff spun. $100 out the door for the light.
     
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    Eh...wasn't really planning on using continuous lighting that is hotter than hell.
     
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    BG lighting in a large auditorium and you wouldn't notice it. Your basement on the other hand...well it's good if you need to heat up a chicken pot pie. :rofl:
     
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    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    I'm not one to be big on the AB stuff ... I think if I am going to have a light on a tripod 6-8 feet in the air I do not want the power pack to be built in. I have seen them topple over a few times and it's a bit better to see your light falling when you know your power pack is still already on the ground.
     
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    Sandbags.
     
  16. everyone on OT is full of shit and they will make fun of you for using alienbees when none of them have any lights themselves :ugh:
     
  17. Softboxes are nice if you don't plan on moving your lights around to different locations. Umbrellas are just as good, cheaper, more portable, and take up less space.
     
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    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    good option ... but I have enough to carry
     
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    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    I thought the AB stuff is great ... it's inexpensive, works well and they have a great reputation.

    But then again I do shoot all my own pictures :dunno:
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    o'rly?

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  21. so I see someone takes my advice seriously
     

  22. Tell this to the other tools that tease me for using alienbees :jerkit:
     
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    The only thing I won't tease you about is using alienbees.


    All that matters (till a point, which no one here has reached) is the final product.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    no need to pat yourself on the back.:mamoru: only reason I bought Alien Bees is because they're readily available on the used market... plus I got a good deal.
     
  25. Not really patting myself on the back and I really don't care. But I do recall you asking about my light setup and me telling you then saying something along the lines of "IBeveryoneonOThasalinbees" :wiggle:
     

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