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Old Mar 8, 2006, 2:31 PM   #1
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I am doing product photography for a website I just launched as well as work with models. I'm shooting clothing and accessories.Any recommendations to cutdown on my time spend adjusting color and shadows in photoshop? Strobes? Umbrellas? Floods?
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 3:31 PM   #2
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I started with a norman system that was recomended to me where the strobes only had 120ws each, there are 4 of them. I got the whole package on ebay for $500. I should sell it back, I've not used it since the first time I tried it.┬*┬*Strobes┬* run cooler┬* and should help you┬* if your environment is temperature challenged. Also helps not cook the models makeup or make them sweat. I learned quickly 120ws wasn't powerful enough for what I wanted to do.┬* Not bright enough for vivid fashion shots with big distant light.I can't image having less than 1200 ws as a key light now, often use a 4800 dialed down to 1200-2400 range. For some fashion shots I use a full 4800ws.I then bought 2 used Speedotron 4800ws power packs and 10 strobe heads 106, 102 series Speedotron and three 8 ft boom remote stands. Now I have the flexibility to shoot anything.┬*It's entirely a different league of power. But when portriat photographers see my rig, they remark I have too many strobes. I have used all of them to light a couple large Bars/Pubs.┬* And I can grab an extra light to test a lighting idea without having to move anything I've already metered. The Photoflex softboxes are fine.┬* The Century Stands Amovona sells on ebay are a great┬* deal. You didn't mention a budget. I bought pro lighting gear used.I have some friends that are very fond of Broncolor but I can't afford it, even better they like Elinchrome. - ouch $$$$
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 7:01 PM   #3
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I've been looking at a portrait light set. 3 strobes with 2 white umbrellas,2 brackets and stands for 700.00. Not sure what the watts are? Made by squire. I'd like to go lower or make sure that I'm getting what I need.I do mostly products and I don't know very much about photography. I know how to fake it, how to adjust pics in photoshop, what's good and what's bad. I have a digital camera and was told it might not sinc well with a strobe. I really need to cut the yellow out mostly b/c my office is yellow.



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Old Mar 10, 2006, 1:49 PM   #4
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might want to ask on the people forum. There are a few pros on there that post some great modelling shots....
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