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what to buy next...lighting question
Old 05-29-2006, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All,

I will be doing some food photography for a resturante in NY in the upcomming weeks. I am looking to purchase another light..something portable. I have AB's, but I am looking to try something else. I was thinking about a hensel porty with a JR battery. Did I say this right? Anyways, I am looking for something that has a superb quality and color or light. Any recommendations?

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Old 05-29-2006, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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why do you need portable lighting to shoot food products? i'm guessing--please correct me if i'm wrong--that you'll have access to a/c assuming you're shooting at the restaurant. i'm not saying a hensel porty or something like it is a waste by any means, just don't understand why you might need something portable and battery-powered shooting product photography unless you're going into the great outdoors or on the street to shoot the stuff.
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Old 05-29-2006, 10:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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why do you need portable lighting to shoot food products? i'm guessing--please correct me if i'm wrong--that you'll have access to a/c assuming you're shooting at the restaurant. i'm not saying a hensel porty or something like it is a waste by any means, just don't understand why you might need something portable and battery-powered shooting product photography unless you're going into the great outdoors or on the street to shoot the stuff.
Jimmy,

Let me try and help. ;-) Sometimes it's not about needing it. Sometimes it's about convenience. The Hensel Porty is definitely convenient.

If we bought everything that we "needed" I just have this feeling the photography equiptment industry would suffer.

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Old 05-29-2006, 11:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If we bought everything that we "needed" I just have this feeling the photography equiptment industry would suffer.

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boy, ain't that the freakin' truth!!!!
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Jimmy,

Your right..I really dont NEED it. However there is a dual purpose. I have been wanting to buy something to shoot outside with to try dragging the shutter for some sunset images, as well as using it for turning the models backs to the sun and lighting them from upfront. Since this is a paying job and the money would not be comming "out of my pocket", thought I would take advantage of it. I would be very convenient as JT mentioned incase the power goes out or incase the client decides to change his mind on the location to somewhere where there is not power. I know I know..the client NEVER changes their mind but I would still like to be prepared.....lol. I like the bee's, but, I have heard other strobes (dyna-lite, hensel and elichrome?) have a very nice quality of light. Maybe I am silly and light is just light?
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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lol JT...your ssssooooo on the money with that one!!
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Light is light. Don't confuse light quality with quality of light. Everything that you desire out of the Porty Pack, you can get with the AB's. Alien Bees makes a battery pack. Get their radio remote and your set.

Hensel boasts the same color temperature across the whole range of power. But, if you're like me and shooting in mixed light situations a lot, why would you not want to white balance every lighting scenario. Yeah the color temp is the same at 10% as it is at 90%, but who cares? Does this resteraunt have daylight balanced lights or flourescents?

Yeah, you can go out and get a Hensel Porty pack and spend a lot of money doing it. It sure will make a lot of other photographers jealous that you have one and they don't. If that's worth $2000 to you then go right ahead. Personally, if I had that kind of money to blow, I would put it in advertising first.

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I gotta go with what dynamike said-- Photons are photons and Hensel's photon's (or Broncolor's or Elinchron's or a host of other lighting manufacturers) aren't different than anyone else's photons.

As far as color temperature goes, if your ABs drift (color temp wise) at different power outputs it's just a matter of knowing your equipment and compensating. i shoot with Novatron monolights. Do they drift at various power outputs? Heck, I dunno. I don't really notice them getting, say, warmer at lower outputs. But if they do, I take back control of the color in post so i'm not really worried about it.

Personally, one of the biggest issues with me is recycle time. My novatrons recycle fast and when i've put a less expensive, lower-quality strobe in the mix, and it doesn't recycle the power as fast as my Novatrons, I get really annoyed.
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I gotta go with what dynamike said-- Photons are photons and Hensel's photon's (or Broncolor's or Elinchron's or a host of other lighting manufacturers) aren't different than anyone else's photons.
Thanks Jimmy. Validation from you feels good.

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