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Bob Morris Mar 23, 2005 1:23 PM

I want to buy some studio lights to give me more options and to improve my pictures. I am starting to do more work for other people. (occasionally I get paid!)
My camera is a Canon 20D. I love the camera and I have a 550EX flash. I will probably get to do a Prom in the near future and I am shooting a wedding in June. I will also do a portrate of the bride before the wedding.

I have looked at so many options that my head is spinning.
(JTL, Novatron, AliesBees, Photogenic, Hensel - all monolights)
How much power do I need? I am planing on starting with two lights but I have also considered just getting one. HELP!

Mar 23, 2005 4:03 PM

It's hard to go wrong with the Alien Bees (especially with their great upgrade deal)! A single 800 would be a good you can use it as a remote slave or wired & use your 550EX as another off-camera flash.

For example, when I shoot on location, I often use a Vivitar 285HV with a Wein Peanut as a wireless remote (mounted on a light stand with a flash adapter & bounced off a silver umbrella).

Bob Morris Mar 23, 2005 5:41 PM


If you had a choice between Alien Bees or White Lightning which would you prefer?

The major reason I ask is the modleing lamps 150 -v- 250.

Mar 23, 2005 8:14 PM

Although I do have a set of Norman studio lights, when I'm improvising, I use a cheap Lowes clamp-on reflector & a 100W halogen bulb clamped onto my light stand for a modeling light. Personally, I would still go for the Bees (unless you just have money to burn). The White Lightenings are built like tanks but the Bees are more modern, lighter & compact. Either way, both are made by Paul Bluff & I've never heard anything but praise about their customer service!

Bob Morris Mar 24, 2005 10:25 AM

Do you have a preference between umbrellas and brolly boxes or soft boxes.

I like the soft box but the brolly box seems to be a cheaper alternative. Do they work as well?

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