A&P what alienbees modifiers should I buy?

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  1. derekOT

    derekOT New Member

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    I'd like to do portraits and just got 2 b800's and a vagabond 2

    right now im thinking
    1 22" beauty dish
    1 40" x 32" foldable softbox
    1 boom
    1 set of grids


    I'm also thinking maybe a big octabox, maybe a PLM, maybe a softlighter?

    what you guys think of this set? please help me :wavey:
     
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    alexromo New Member

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    no modifier you ever buy will ever be the "wrong one to get"

    they all serve a purpose, they usually buy what they need in order to achieve the results they want
     
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    derekOT New Member

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    yeah that is true,
    ok, so for grids, are the alienbee ones a good choice? they just seem kind a pricey at $100 for 4 pieces of plastic

    thanks for the help slimeball!

    I think that pretty much answers the few questions i had dude :wavey:
     
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    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Did you know GRIDS was actually the term used before HIV?

    Gay Related Intestinal Disease Syndrome

    I think what you have laid out should be fine.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    I think it really depends on what kind of shooting you are going to be doing.

    Whats your objective? Many learn the hardway that having too much stuff, makes you focus more on gear than the actual use of the gear. Hence the whole one light thing taking off. IMHO, try to think about the kind of lighting you would like to produce and then choose your modifiers from there.

    Also do you have modifiers in your arsenal now?
     
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    derekOT New Member

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    I'm not so sure that is a fun fact Nicholas :ugh: LOL

    Yep, I would love to get the full one light setup myself

    thats part of the reason why i want the grids, man zack arias is a master of those

    I don't yet have a really set out objective to be honest, I'd like to do some sportraits, family portraits and a few other setups

    right now I just have a 43" convertible umbrella, so I was lookin to add at least one softbox

    I could always do a DIY beauty dish and DIY straw grids for my hot shoe flashes first to see what I'd like, but I guess I figured that it'd just be less hassle buying the real deal from paul buff since his prices are pretty reasonable compared to other companies
     
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    i cant post links on this acct, but i bought the adorama 7" grid set (search for that) for $65 and they work great! I only have a softliter, a vary of umbrellas, and a beauty dish and I can manage. I really want to get a foldable octabox or large soft box next though.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up Brent! Love your blog btw!

    http://www.adorama.com/SZGS7.html?searchinfo=adorama+grid+set

    link for those who are too lazy to search it
    I'll pick these up, free shipping too :bowdown:


    any other advice u can give me Brent?
    Im thinking the foldable large softbox from paul buff for $130 can't be beat but is there a better deal on a beauty dish than this one? http://alienbees.com/22hobd.html
     
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    itr452 VTEC motherfucker, GOT ANY?

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    You gonna get some grids?
    rawdog.

     
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    yessir, but we still needs to get moar black straws! :naughty:
     
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    wtf the reviews say they don't fit and the guy still gave it 4 stars
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    its probably because his reflectors are 7 5/8" and these are for 7in reflectors :) Which he states in his review. :)
     
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    Didn't read that far. Just read that they didn't fit his 7" reflector. wonder if they fit the ABs. That's hell of a lot cheaper than PCB sells it.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    they do fit ab :) Brent has them
     
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    Thanks! Its a pain to keep it interesting but i try my best!

    I don't think i'm good enough to be giving people advice but work with what you have. get a few umbrellas, and really just learn your light. (i always seem to learn new things everytime! which is why i love photography) I have the original alienbee beauty dish, no experience with the High Output version so i can't tell you, but the price seems real good, i think they get you on shipping though. Honestly I'd go for the large softbox before the dish now that I look back.
     
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    Here is the final list of stuff I'm gonna order:
    1 boom
    1 large foldable softbox
    1 HO beauty dish
    1 set of grids
    2 60" convertible umbrellas

    This is probably more than enough for a long time

    Later on I may add a PLM (I hear a version 2 is coming out later anyways) and/or a softlighter
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    Looks good. :) but dont get teh Bees boom, shit sucks. i have it and it blooooows
     
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    suggestions please :wavey:

    Lovin these pro tips! I did hear their lighstands suck badly too

    Which beauty dish do you like?

    I know their large softbox is well reviewed though
     
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    i do the whole c-stand and hang the vagabond off to counter-weight it. works wonders! thanks al for that one! =P
     
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    haha yeah zack did that in the one light video too with two lightstands and a superclamp

    I guess I just figured I'd need something abit more secure when I'm putting a beauty dish and a b800 on there, but I think a C-stand would be pretty darn stable
     

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