Originally Posted by photoguy2003
I was just wandering what i need to look for in studio lighting? im looking to buy a couple of lights, but i dont know what i need. Right now i have nothing, and am on a $200 Limit for lights. Do i need strobes, or will continuous lights? what is the difference between using umbrellas and soft boxes, and which is better? any information you have will help, and if anyone is looking to sell lights please let me know. Thanks
This is my first post/reply on G1.
In the last 30 months or so, I have made the normal progression from the use of natural lighting to continous lighting and, most recently, to studio flash systems. My continuous lighting system is composed of four Smith-Victor Q60 600W quartz halogen lights, stands, umbrella mounts, and 42 inch silver (sometimes white) umbrella reflectors. The main components were purchased used off of e-Bay. The total cost was probably $500 or so but I insisted on excellent to near-new items. This system will take excellent quality glamour photos but of course heats the studio and the model much more than a flash system would. A similar system with only two light fixtures and in lesser but functional condition could be assembled for $200. The nice thing about the Smith-Victor Q60 lights is that they have been made for many years, are available in both new and used condition, and are US made with UL approvals. I have safety concerns about some of the low cost imported lights available.
You will probably progress to a studio flash system at some point. However, for the budget that you mention, continuous lighting is probably the only option.