A&P anyone other than ebay have these softbox lighting kits?

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  1. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    inexpensively?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1-800W-3-Lamp-D...hZ005QQcategoryZ30087QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

    i'd like to start dicking around with lighting, but don't want to spend a shitload of $$.

    I like the softboxes in this kit, but think that those lights would be outta-control HOT. They look like my Home Depot shop lights.

    I don't really want to buy a bunch of vivitar flashes & more GI flash triggers, stands, softboxes, umbrellas, etc. i'd like to get everything in a kit if possible.

    :dunno:
     
  2. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    and i would think that continuous lighting would be a lot easier to learn than going the external/remote flash route.

    i'm planning on putting this shit in my basement, and doing some product photography, as well as taking it to friends houses to take pics of their kids and shit.
     
  3. J R B

    J R B The pink pills are for your sanity, we are buried

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    Who do you do product photography for?

    Just curious.
     
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    I think for mobile purposes - those would be too much, and the lamps would be hella hot. For what you need and light weight, multi - flashes and umbrellas are worth it. I know everyone is a "Strobist" but having the light you need and quickly set it up is better than all of those powered lights. IMO. The lighting would be easier with the lights being constantly on, that part is true.
     
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    just use a couple of flashes and umbrellas, and just practice to get the light right, after a little bit you won't need to see the light to know what it's going to look like

    and it's so hard to get a lightstand, umbrella, flash, and trigger separately :hsugh:
     
  6. mojito

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    dennys photo supply
     
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    cheaper way of doing the same thing:

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  8. mojito

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    but if you plan to work with people or food or anything heat sensitive, flash/storbe is a better choice.
     
  9. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    top secret government stuff, usually.
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    i know, right? tell me about it.
     
  11. ace3

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    okay, so what do i get for flashes and shit?

    are the mpex 'strobist kits' worth the $$?
     
  12. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    you can probably piece one together for cheaper.. but they're not bad. Only thing is they are currently out of stock of the GI triggers. I was just in there monday and they've got some on the way but they're held up in customs.

    shoot Noah @ mpex ([email protected]) and email and tell him what you're interested in doing. He should be able to help you out.
     
  13. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    you guys that just use flashes, what do you use for lighting other than just the flashes? do you just use whatever room light is available? if i wanted to have some brighter light on not just the flash, would i need a certain type? if i knew i was going to have power close enough, would getting a monolight be a good idea?
     
  14. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    thing is, i'm interested in just about anything. :o

    i'll see what i can muster up.
     
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    thats a pretty loaded question that depends on the circumstances and what you want to achieve.

    the longer the exposure the more ambient light will come up, so mixing them is one way, adding more light is another. but it depends on what you want and what the lighting is.
     
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    get some alienbees...they are cheap but work
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    and.. if you plan on mixing ambient and your flash... make sure you gel your flash to match the WB of the ambient lighting.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    what's your budget like... and is being portable a requirement? You can make AC strobes portable with battery packs(like the vagabond) or a generator, but that's an added cost.
     
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    don't get continuous lighting....very very hot especially in a basement.

    go alienbees
     
  20. ace3

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    that's what i was just going to type up.

    higher wattage = more light = more versatility

    i like that it has the wireless triggers & both shoot-through & reflective umbrellas. not bad.
     
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    pick up a vagabond II and you can take them anywhere!
     
  24. ace3

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    that's badass.

    for some reason, i was under the impression that alienbees were cheap, but not that cheap. not that $700 is chump change, but for lighting, that's pretty damn good.
     
  25. mojito

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    calumet has some monoblocks that are pretty reasonably priced and still reliable and powerful
     

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