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Old Nov 30, 2004, 2:02 PM   #1
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Just bought a new Nikon D70 and I have a lot of questions, maybe some of you more experienced people can answer, I've used film SLRs in the past but it's been a long time since I have picked up a camera "Please don't ask me why" :roll: so I'm a little out of touch to say the least. Let me just get right to the point I have been looking at different flash kits to setup my studio, I think I have finally found the right one for my needs it's the Travelite 1500w/s Two-Head Umbrella Kit
with the LightLink system you can check it out at http://www.calumetphoto.com/ctl?PAGE...home.Home&ns=1 and give me your opinions.
What I plan to photograph is mostly small things like jewelry watches and the like for sale on ebay you know macro photography, from time to time I may find the need to do larger scale photos like Grandfather Clocks hens the need for the umbrellas, can I use this flash for this kind of photography by using a snoot to direct the light, I'm not even sure what a snoot is used for :? I know what they look like and can assume but you know the saying about assuming.
Also can anyone recommend a macro lens that will work for the close-up shots ? or perhaps close-up filters.
Any help would be appreciated
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 3:26 PM   #2
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Steve posted a link to a site that specializes in merchandise lighting in this thread: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...58&forum_id=54
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Old Dec 2, 2004, 8:09 AM   #3
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Thanks very much for the help but I really would like to get some input on that strobe set-up I mentioned earlier, I plan to photograph jewelry, wrist watches, pocket watches, and occasionally something big like wall clocks & Grandfather clocks take a look at the Travelite 1500w/s hear?
:| http://www.calumetphoto.com/ctl?PAGE...home.Home&ns=1 please let me know what you think.
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Old Dec 2, 2004, 6:38 PM   #4
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I think the strobe setup you mentioned is overkill for shooting merchandise. I would look hard at an Alien Bees, like the Digi-Bee setup here: http://www.alienbees.com/digi.html

It's half the price, they are excellent products & have great pain free upgrading options. Hope this helps.
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Old Dec 3, 2004, 4:42 PM   #5
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You'd be a lot happier with continuous lighting. A daylight temperature compact florescent set up with a tent would suit you just fine. Look up www.sell-it-on-the-net.com and study the continuous product photography kits. With continuous lighting; what you see is what you get - It's really simple.
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Old Dec 3, 2004, 7:31 PM   #6
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Thanks very much for the tip as you can see from what I have been asking I'm somewhat of a newbe when it comes to lighting and quit a few other things, altho I managed to figure out for myself that something was wrong with the flash set-up that the people at calumet camera suggested, maybe I did not make myself clear when I explained what I wanted to do, that or they just wanted to make a sale, I had a feeling that it was to much power.
fortunately for me I know someone who's a professional photographer and I asked him what he thought and he was able to point out something that would work better. Take a look at the Travelite 750w/s kit also the 375 Hear http://www.calumetphoto.com/ctl?PAGE...&type=PRDINDEX
And if you have the time and I am not being to much of a pest what do think of using a continuos light a lot of people have been recommending that I look into it Like the dot com package it's on the same page that the Travelite is on.
Anyway thanks a bunch for your advice later :bye:
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I tried your web page and could not get access to http://www.sell-it-on-the-net.com but thanks anyway.
I'l save the address and try it again later
Thanks :bye:
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Old Dec 18, 2004, 5:56 PM   #8
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Continuous Cool Lighting
http://sell-it-on-the-net.com/online...y_lighting.htm

I think this is it.
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