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Old Apr 19, 2005, 9:42 PM   #1
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http://www.fredmiranda.com/A13_Daschund/

I was on this web site and I was supprosed at the photography and the equipment used. "A lot of my photos are taken with two or three soft boxes (actually, a bunch of Home Depot halogen working lights through two or three diffusers). "

So is this the Cheapest way to get started into studio work??? IF so how can I get teh soft lighting that this guy did out of Halpgen working lights.



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Old Apr 19, 2005, 10:03 PM   #2
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nice post matthew..

very interesting stuff, with some very nice results.. thanks for the heads up..
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 12:36 AM   #3
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How soft do you want the lighting? I was using softboxes (actually halo lights - which are pretty much the same thing) And it was too soft. I really had to beef up the contrast. I think umbrellas work well with the dslrs. Check out some of my studio pics here:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=23

The pictures of the two little boys (twins), and my niece dressed as Strawberry Shortcake were taken with the Halo lights. It is definitely soft (and I added in a lot of contrast and sharpness for those pics, so it might be a bit hard to tell). The other pics (the first two- the first of my niece on the yellow seamless, and the second b&w shot of her) were all done with just two white umbrellas. And I like the contrast (I also have my 20D set where the contrast is one up from neutral, and sharpness the same way).

I have an old photogenic strobe system, but I heard some good things about this company if you are interested (and they are probably the cheapest, if you want new): http://www.alienbees.com/.
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 10:30 AM   #4
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What about something like this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...345&is=REG

for $205.00
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 10:31 AM   #5
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This was listed as a best seller:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...604&is=REG

it's 209.00
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 10:39 AM   #6
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There is also this kit which is strobes for 380.00


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...312&is=REG



Of the Above which would you recommend. Or any others??? Suggestions???
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 1:15 AM   #7
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The first two you posted are out of stock. And You would have to do the math to see what you would be setting the camera to, b/c you might have to shoot at ISO 400 or 800 to let in enough light. I prefer strobes b/c they fire at around1/50,000 of a second, so even if you are shooting at 1/30 of a second the images are sharp. The strobes you picked out aren't that adjustable. Esp. if space is a factor, you will want the lights to be adjustible, so you can put them in one spot and change the power of the burst rather than moving lights, which becomes a nuisance. Also the recharge time seemed a bit long. Those strobes are 100 watt seconds and take 2-4 seconds recharge time. My strobes I can only set as low as 200 watt seconds (double the power) and it recharges in under a second. You will obviously want the fastest recharge times that you can get, so you aren't waiting around for the flash to recharge.
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Old Apr 23, 2005, 11:12 AM   #8
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If you have the April 05 edition of Popular Photography and imaging, on page 49 you will find the review of the alienbees strobe units. I am so impressed with them (I too am intersted in getting a new studio kit (esp a portable one).

Unfortunately, the article doesn't tell you the watt seconds, so I was a bit skeptical, but I went to the website, and it said that their smallest unithas 160 true Ws, 400 effective Ws. I will just go with assuming that it is 160 watt seconds. This is perfect for shooting. Because now with putting my strobes into softboxes, I am shooting at ISO 100 at f13 (sometimes f11 if the models get close). And as you probably saw my posts, at that fstop I was showing dust on the sensor (which I mistakenly thought was a bad sensor, and got the photographic scarlet letter on this forum for). My strobes I am shooting at 200ws so this would be very close.

The great thing as that at full power it recycles in under one second! The review in PP gave it an extremely fast recycle time thumbs up in it's "what's hot" section. The problem with my strobes is that they only shoot at full power (or 400 ws - 1600ws). If you lessen the power (which you will probably need to do), I will bet that you can probably get out your 5fps with the strobes. That I think is a big plus. Check into it, I will be getting their starter kit.
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What about something like this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...345&is=REG

for $205.00
I would say you could do this one yourself for a lot cheaper. What I have done is buy these reflectors lights as Home Depot, about $8 each for a 10" reflector. Then get some umbrellas off of eBay. The only thing missing is your light stands, but I am sure you could make some out of PVC pipe or something.
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