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Old 03-07-2005, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for some advice here. I've been looking at light setups on ebay and I'm seeing everything from 200 watts to something like 7500 watts.
Any suggestions on a nice round number of watts to start with for a 3 light setup?
Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 03-07-2005, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depending on the size of your area I would go with 800 or 1000 watts. I use 1000 but I rarely use the four light capacity.


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Old 03-07-2005, 05:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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[quote200 watts to something like 7500 watts.


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7500 watts? yikes! that's a brute. where ya gonna plug that in without tripping the breakers or maybe causing a black-out?
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Old 03-07-2005, 05:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Exactly!
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Your post is very short on details or background. Sort of like posting a message to an automobile forum and saying you've seen everything from 150 to 600 horsepower and you were wondering how much to get. It kinda depends whether you want to buzz around the city or haul a boat to your cabin on the coast of Maine.

Let's start with some basics - are we talking strobes or hot lights here?

Second - what KIND of photography do you want to do? Headshots, single figure, groups?

Do you expect to work with modifiers like gels or softboxes?

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Sorry for being vague.
I'm looking at shooting portrait and single figure.
And some award winning horses to boot (no pun intended)
I'm looking at hotlights. with soft boxes at the moment. I haven't previously worked with anything more than a hotshoe and available light, so this is all new to me.
Thanks for any help.
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I hope you have a BIG air conditioner...
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never mind the air conditioner... you're gonna need to save your money for the power bill.



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Hotlights with softboxes sounds like a recipe for a fire.

But I'll admit I have no experience with hotlights because they are such a fire-hazard and they're not daylight balanced, although my nephew has gotten pretty good results with 3 500 watt lights, but he doesn't use a lot of modifiers. I have 4 670 watt-second monolights which I find to be a good, versatile setup.
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Here we go again...
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You'll burn your models/you'll burn your studio down/you'll blow all your breakers/bulbs will explode/you'll go blind/your dog will go blind/your dog will run away with your models...

Those who say it can't be done only serve to annoy those of us who are doing it.

This was shot with a couple 600-watters and a couple 500-watters. I live in the north (Pennsylvania) so I only need to run my 5,000 BTU air conditioner in the peak of summer. Let me know if you'd like any more info.



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