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Old 12-11-2003, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello....:-)
can anyone recommended a real good home studio portrait kit?
thanks....m allen
brunswick, ga. 31525
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Old 12-12-2003, 09:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A camera, some film, and some light.

That should pretty much take care of it. The rest of the task is learning how to combine all three to get the kind of image you want.

Yeah, okay, so that's a smart-assed answer, I know. So here's something more direct - Get the Beginner Bee package from Alien Bees and The Lighting Cookbook.
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Old 12-12-2003, 09:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks.......................mike
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Old 12-12-2003, 12:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Several photogs on this forum have mentioned Alien Bee. I'm looking to make the upgrade to monolights (currently shooting with available light, or hot lights or my trusty Nikon SB80-DX). My budget is lean, but my expectations grand -- so why should I consider Alien Bee versus other brands like Photogenic, Novotron, Speedotron, etc.

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[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] The "What's So Great About Alien Bees" question has been asked so many times that I think a FAQ should be written for it.

There are many many posts about why ABs are great, and why those of us who use them like them. I know this may be construed as yet another of my smart-assed answers, but I hope you won't take it as such.

Use the "search" function of this BB and search the Tech Talk forum for "Alien Bees". You will see all the posts made, and all of the arguments made for and against ABs.

I think you, too, will become an AB fan... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-13-2003, 09:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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From another board - Michael McGowan is the source.

Smith Victor purchased the company and recently closed Photogenic's plant in Youngstown, moving all the work into SV plants. Nobody seems to know what the ultimate result of this will be.

But if I had Photogenic lights and needed accessories, I'd jump on it, because it's unclear how long SV is going to support the stuff, at least with accessories.

The original poster has nine lights and has problems with all nine of them.

FWIW.
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Old 12-13-2003, 09:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi Mikey,

Another Mikey here. I guess I would first ask what kind of budget you're working with. There are some great recommendations here for sure and I would probably say that the Alien Bees are the cheapest but I would also recommend you check out Speedotron. They have numerous package deals and are great lights! I have a set of four, along with the power pack, and a host of light modifiers and home-made toys to go with them. Just another option for you to consider. The Brown line is the economical line, while the Black line is the higher end stuff and more expensive. Both lines are awesome though!

Happy Holidays!

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Old 12-13-2003, 10:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi Mike!!
Happy Holidays!!
thanks for the info....
i have about 1K to spend on a system.
my house is kind of like a town house, the garage is under the botton and i am going to convert one of the bays into a home type portrait/studio/,whatever you want to call it......mike [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-13-2003, 02:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The thing is to take anything said here, pro or con, on any equiptment with a grain of salt. The best advice I can give you is to rent equipment before you buy and MAKE YOUR OWN DECISION AS TO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU! THere's a lot to say about buying what is available locally. You might be setting up for a big shoot only to find a power cord plug, head or reflector has been damaged. Being able to go to a local source for replacement parts could save the shoot. Not to mention being able to rent some expensive accessory you'll rarely need except for this important shoot for a couple of bucks. So check with your local stores and rental houses as to what they carry and do some testing.

My two cents.

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Old 12-13-2003, 05:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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In many ways, asking which lights is like asking whether a Ford or a Chevrolet is best. A lot depends on what you like. But for what it's worth, if I had to replace my dearly beloved ancient Novatrons for use in home studio, I would more than likely go for either the 'Bees' or their uncle, White Lightnin'.

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