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Old 12-05-2005, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Getting the proper lighting seems to be the biggest problem I have been having learning the studio process. Please! Is there anyone out there that can lead me to specific books or book, that do a really good job of explaining the process? I also live in Rockford Illinois. WE have no photo stores that sell lighting. I know I can go to the web, but are there any good ones in Chicago? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Old 12-05-2005, 01:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One book that I have found particular useful is "Master LIghting Guide for Portrait Photographers" by Christopher Grey. It covers all the basics and has good diagrams and examples. You can buy it through Amazon:

http://tinyurl.com/bbwt6



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Old 12-05-2005, 02:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm looking into a few myself as far as books, but as for lighting, I would check around on some used stuff from reputable photographers or see where they purchase their stuff from.
I bought a used 4 light novatron system for $550 and the photog through in a few extras. Like 1000w bare bulb, some umbrellas, gels and such. He had switched to another light system and had these in storage. I got lucky, but well worth the time doing some hunting for them.
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Old 12-05-2005, 10:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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there are a lot of books out there on lighting
here are two that I like
50 portrait lighting techniques for pictures that sell By John Hart
the lighting cookbook by Jenni Bidner
I think I got both a books a million.

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Old 12-05-2005, 11:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Chuck! Happy Holidays to you! I have a few books on lighting which has been recommended from GG. Heres the link.

I own these books:
Lighting for Glamour ~ David Kimber
Successful Lighting for Glamour
Lighting for Glamour ~ Steve Bavister
Light and Lighting ~ Michael Freeman

Each book goes over some of the same material and each has some significant information. Also, use the search feature and type in "books" which should give you a list of previous posts [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Hope this helps.
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Old 12-05-2005, 11:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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WE have no photo stores that sell lighting. I know I can go to the web, but are there any good ones in Chicago? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Helix Camera and Video in Chicago. They have multiple locations, but their main store is on Racine in Chicago. They've got an excellent rental department and know how to take care of pro customers. They rent Speedotron, Profoto, Elinchrom, Hensel, and Visatek. They also carry spare parts and are very, very knowledgable.

The above basically means that they know their stuff and can help you make a decision. Their prices are very competitive with B&H and Adorama. Chicago is one of the few cities where I don't transport all my gear to if I've got a job there. I just call Helix and reserve what I need.

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Chip mentioned Helix, which has a store near Oakbrook. It is closer for you, but they don't have much there. Once you get to Oakbrook though, the distance to the main store in Chicago is marginal.

I bought Alien Bees online, and although I have been very happy with them, I might have saved some money if I had just went with Hensel in the first place.

I have two B-800's with two stands and two umbrellas. Adding a softboxes to this system would cost about as much as a Hensel Porty. Although the Hensel would have only one light, the portability, power, versatility, and ruggedness of the design make up of the light. With the Bees I'm limited to AC outlets which I find terribly limiting. You can get batteries for the Bees, but I don't think they are waterproof like the Hensels are though.

The bottom line is Alien Bees are great to start with, but a portable system will likely serve those without indoor studios much better. So spend the extra cash up front and get a good professional system that you can travel with.
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