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Re: Studio Lighting Newbie shopping for a basic setup - Input Appreciated!
Old 12-17-2005, 02:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Tim -
My suggestion is to get a good monolight, a softbox, some stands, and - if you afford it - grids, a beauty dish, and white, gold, and possibly silver reflector(s). All this adds up, but also gives you a lot of flexibility.

Getting a set of three lights can give you a lot of capability, but you want to learn how to use the lights to achieve your particular vision, not to knock off lots of main, fill, and hair light "portraits." So I kind of agree with Robert Sanders - get a good light. But I'd go further: hence the above. Way I see it, having the modifiers gives you an opportunity to learn what best lets you achieve the look you want.

Happy Holidays, Tim. My best to Shawna.
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