A&P about to make first lighting purchases

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  1. pantheR

    pantheR New Member

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    ready to order the following. I'm going to use this stuff for portraits and weddings. I'm also hoping to shoot local bands, models, etc. Any suggestions PLEASE provide since i'm a strobist novice

    AlienBees B800 Flash Unit

    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular][SIZE=-1]Foldable Large Octabox (47") with speedring attached[/SIZE][/FONT] ( link )

    2 Impact 9.5' Light Stands ( link )
    One for the B800 and one for my 430EX II flash

    Umbrella for 430EX II:
    43" Westcott Umbrella - White Satin, Removable Black Cover, Collapsible

    Should I go 60" umbrella? The octobox is pretty dam big so I was thinking a smaller umbrella would be fine.

    thanks!
     
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    HighTachPres New Member

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    43" should be plenty, 60" is HUGE. I use 2 43" and it still lights up the entire frame.
    I'd invest in some better light stands. Impact is pretty low quality, and you'll find mounting a large octobox to it will be laughable.

    As for weights for the stands, i recommend fitness ankle weights
     
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    I have a couple Lumopro 9ft stands and those impact stands look a little better. Mine work great, but the legs look like they make a wider base on the impact ones.
     
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    I just bought that exact stand and it is not top quality but not bad either. My AB comes in on Monday.

    I'm also going to use a 60" umbrella as I figured it would be better for groups.
     

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