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Advice on First Lighting Kit
Old 01-30-2007, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

This is my first post but I have been a daily lurker and, while I'm not quite ready to post examples, I have been practicing many of the techniques from Rolando's book and from these forums. For that let me say thanks to all of you. You have no idea how helpful you have all been.

I have been shooting with a Nikon D80 and SB-800 since November. I feel like I am getting better and my wife, God bless her for being so cool, and I have been having a blast. I would like to add a light kit to my gear but am a little scared to buy the wrong equipment.

I am looking at the Photoflex First Studio Portrait Kit that includes two Firststar tungsten lights, two umbrellas and two stands. Before I pull the trigger I thought I would ask you guys for some advice.

I would love to hear from any of you that are familiar with this type of setup as to what the pluses and minuses are. I am also open to any alternative suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Advice on First Lighting Kit
Old 01-30-2007, 10:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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500 watts is not very much power. Since one of these might be a fill and the other on the background, that means you might be dealing with only 250 watts on the subject. Since its bounced into an umbrellas that will lower it to around 125 watts reaching the model. This means shooting wide open and probably on a tripod. For the same money you could get.

You might want to browse the Alien Bee site and look at the B400. This light is many times more powerful than the total system you're looking at.

I guess it all depends on your budget.

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Re: Advice on First Lighting Kit
Old 01-30-2007, 10:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would suggest that you buy one light, one stand, an umbrella and one double-sided reflector (silver/gold). You can accomplish a great deal with one light and a reflector. Then as you grow in your craft add another light by the same manufacturer of the same model/wattage.

I have never been a fan of package kits, preferring instead to build a system of lights. You also need to consider mono-light versus power pack and head - both have their advantages and allow for building a system - it all depends on your long-term goals.
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