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Old 10-15-2003, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many and at what power range in flash heads would I need in a simple studio setup.
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Old 10-16-2003, 07:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have 4 - 1000ws Novatron heads and I can tell you I have rarely ever used the full power. I also use three heads 75% of the time. In fact some of my favorite stuff is done with one head. I think you could get by fine with something like three 600ws. As long as your studio is not huge.
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One Light and a Good Reflector
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You can start simple with a single light and a good reflector. Mike's right. I have a relatively small shooting space (20 x 25) and I use my three 750w/s heads at half power or less most of the time. I typically use a softbox / stripdome on one and umbrellas on the rest. I have four heads total.

One effective setup is to use one head and a reflector. You can even aim the head INTO the reflector if you want LOTS of light.

Pick one head that you think you're going to want to build on. I use Calumet Travelite monolights. You could also try Dynalite (RG's favorites) or Novatrons. Go for the bucks for one decent head and get to know it. If you don't like it -- go on to something else and use this head as the drag-it-to-location head.

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One light and a reflector:


Three lights:
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As you can see from my thread in the other section, even having a good mid-range 3 lights with modifiers system doesn't guarantee good results. Equipment means little if the skill isn't there and well-honed skills can work with very little equipment.
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all these pics taken with just one head
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Note the black and white male was taken with a 2040 dynalite head in a FIVE foot octodome...and yes I could have used more fill...it was also shot on the same gray seamless as the violin girl...
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Re: Studio Light system question
Old 10-18-2003, 11:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi:
I saw that you posted this question twice, but the question I'd ask, is what are you shooting and with what? For example, a simple studio setup to photograph Mack Trucks with a 4x5 film camera is different than a simple set up for shooting table top items using digital

I think for glamour work as opposed to say artistic work, a minimum setup would be 4 lights, power depends on how much area you need to light, but probably 800 would suffice in most cases unless your shooting a Playboy centerfold reunion with 125 people in it!

I actually have something like 10,000ws available in my studio but then I grew up in the Kodachrome 25 ASA age. People complain about the cost of equipment today, but if you were shooting a race car and two models in a studio on 25 slide film 10,000 ws wasn't excessive and studio lights have always been expensive...bg! Now with the new film let alone digitial, I rotate the heads and power packs just to keep the capacitors from drying out and blowing up. When one of those older big can capacitors decides to let go, it tends to be elbows and (you know) flying everywhere!
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