A&P studio lighting / umbrellas?

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  1. What does everyone use for studio lighting?

    When I see studio pics I usually see umbrellas. I was wondering where to get these from and if they come with the stands. i found some on ebay but they're just the umbrellas... no stand, no strobe..

    any info is appreciated :bigthumb:
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    umbrellas are so so :dunno: unless you're just using the for fill or for the background fill lighting

    an octabox or softbox are nice for main lights...
     
  3. where can I get an octa/soft box and umbrellas for cheap?
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    no such thing as a good cheap octa box

    cheap softboxes fall apart


    umbrellas will be the cheapest of them all.. you can shoot through some types of umbrellas, others you use to reflect light back... umbrellas are not very efficient

    or just use strobes and use scrim/large diffusion panels to shoot the light through
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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  6. so this is a cheap one or an expensive one that's poorly designed?

    there is on/off switches there...? :dunno:
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    But when you work with them, they're always on spitting out... 500W/1000W etc of light...

    instantanous light of a strobe system is much more efficient watt for watt than a continuous lighting system for photography... and you don't have to worry about all the added heat
     
  8. Dayum man you're always hanging around on here!!!!!!!! :eek3: I wasn't expecting to hear from you till tomorrow!! :mamoru:

    Can you send me a link to a good one if it's not too much trouble? And is the $370 range reasonable or am I dreaming? I'd like to see something alot cheaper but I guess I can only get what's available.. :dunno:
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    The difference between continuous light and strobes is... continuous lights are always on, like your lights in your house or tv lights -- where these continuous studio lights are generally intended to be used for.

    Many people call those lights "hot lights" because they're always on and can get quite hot. You could go to home depot or sears and pick up a 500W / 1000W halogen light for $20 that does the same thing. Just be careful with the fire risks.

    With hot lights, metering is like normal... because the lights are always on

    Strobes are like a flash, they are a quick pulse of light and are much more efficient than hot lights. The light modifiers, like softboxes, barndoors, gels, etc don't need to be as sturdy as with hot lights because they don't need to be as fire resistant, etc...

    Because strobes are instantanous, you'll need something like a flash meter that measures the intensity of the light output for your given strobe settings.

    Paul C Buff's brand of strobes, "Alienbees" (alienbees.com) are pretty popular for how cheap they are.



    btw.. don't you have a D70 and a flash ?

    Why don't you try this first...

    If you have an SB-800, set it as a remote flash in SU-4 mode and you can set the power range up to 7 stops, ie: 1/1 to 1/2 ... to 1/128th of max power.

    Set your D70 flash mode to Commander Mode, manual 1/16th power, and use the built in flash to trigger the one remote flash you have.

    If you have the SB-600, you can't use SU-4 mode and will be forced to use wireless iTTL.

    Set the SB-600 to remote flash iTTL mode, and the D70 to iTTL commander. Adjust your ambient light metering and flash metering using exposure compensation / flash exposure compensation for what kind of light ratios you want and bias between foreground and background.

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    He has a Sony F828 man. :hsugh:
     
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    Kriddaw More than meets the eye.

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    I have a set of alienbees, I love those things, so affordable and work so well...got them from alienbees.com. Also got a large softbox and light stands from them. Got all my other stuff, umbrellas, flash meter, reflectors, etc., at bhphotovideo.com.
     
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    ellkipippipipstix is that you??
     
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    Kriddaw More than meets the eye.

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    Nope, don't think so, who the hell is that?!
     
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    Sorry, mistaken identity. :eek3:
     
  15. Which alien bees lights do you guys recommend??

    B400, 800, or 1600 :dunno:
     
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  17. the girl = :hsugh:

    can we see the results? :dunno:

    also where did you get your equipment and $$?
     
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    thos aren't models, those are other students :hs:


    the images are shot on film on the 4x5, and I don't scan very often

    all the lights are borrowed from the school, 750w monoblocks would be like 400 each plus the accessories

    the rest of the stuff is mine
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    i met some of your fellow brooks students shooting in ventura :mamoru:
     
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    if their in ventura than their PJ or video students, nothing to do with me. their in a whole seperate system thats rather frowned upon uphere
     
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    Get some of these too. Radio > cables
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    pocket wizards are the shit, models will always trip over the sync cord and break shit. strobe bulbs are hella expensive and fragile, and its over $100 to replace a PC connection on a camera
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    why is that
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    werd pocket wizards / profoto acute-R power packs w/built in receivers and sekonic light meters w/pocket wizard radio = win
     

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