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08/16/2009 10:39:10 PM · #1
Although I've made some money taking pictures, I've never tried any studio portrait work.
I'd like to start doing a little studio work. I have a "sunroom" that will double as my studio. Of course I've read up on many things on the web and in books. However, I'd like the opinion of the folks here on DPC on this:

If you had $1500 to $2000 to spend, what type lighting would you purchase? My current set-up is D90 with 50mm 1.8 and 60mm 2.8 primes. My only light is the SB800.

Thanks for your time.

08/16/2009 10:47:04 PM · #2
Well I have asked the same question, as I was given multiple opinions but its really your preferences ans shooting style, Aleinbees are one of the top notch, profoto and white lightnings are good also, over all if I would not have went with getting the 580exII i would have went aleinbees 800 but i needed more portability to learn lighting before i purchase strobes. I dont think you would go wrong they have a great package for about what your wanting to spend. but this is all just my opinion.
08/16/2009 11:00:00 PM · #3
Hey Kenny. No I don't work for them, but I sure sing their praises often enough. I suggest Alienbees if you wanna good, reliable, changable and portable lighting solution for full studio use. //alienbees.com/busy.html is an excellent kit... but you don't have to buy everything at once. Personally, I bought 2, then added one a year later, then added another 2 years later. Buy what you can and learn to use it before you add more.... when you know WHY you might need more. I feel the wrong approach is to buy everything and try to figure it all out at once. Since you will be working in a sunroom, remember you have ONE fabulous light source at your disposal already... the sun. Reflectors and modifiers can help you use that to the best effect.

But back to the lighting; have a look at my website. Everything studio there has been done in a 400 square foot space with 4 AB lights (3 400s and 1 800). Read everything you can and decide WHY you need lights - then buy what will give you the effects you want to achieve.

08/16/2009 11:45:05 PM · #4
Thanks...I'll look at your site tonight. I'll also check out the "busy kit". I'll take your advice and start with minimal set-up to learn.

EDIT: The Busy Bee has been seen by my eyes before. It is in my price range but may overwhelm me as a studio beginner ! However, are the prices much different in these big packages? I'd hate to buy one or two 800s and some other accessories and find that I could have gotten more bang for the buck with a package!

I'll research for sure.

Kenny

Originally posted by idnic:

Hey Kenny. No I don't work for them, but I sure sing their praises often enough. I suggest Alienbees if you wanna good, reliable, changable and portable lighting solution for full studio use. //alienbees.com/busy.html is an excellent kit... but you don't have to buy everything at once. Personally, I bought 2, then added one a year later, then added another 2 years later. Buy what you can and learn to use it before you add more.... when you know WHY you might need more. I feel the wrong approach is to buy everything and try to figure it all out at once. Since you will be working in a sunroom, remember you have ONE fabulous light source at your disposal already... the sun. Reflectors and modifiers can help you use that to the best effect.

But back to the lighting; have a look at my website. Everything studio there has been done in a 400 square foot space with 4 AB lights (3 400s and 1 800). Read everything you can and decide WHY you need lights - then buy what will give you the effects you want to achieve.


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