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Old May 22, 2006, 2:38 PM   #1
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I'm looking for starter recommendation on lights that can be used for portait work. I don't have a lot of space so small will be nice. Basically I'm looking to hear from others in this forum who have successfully launched a studio on a shoestring. I was thinking on getting two 54MZ4s but together they will be expensive and I cannot afford to spend more than a few hundered bucks on the entire combo.
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Old May 22, 2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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I have heard a lot of reccomendations for AlienBees so I tried them myself and I love mine.
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Old May 23, 2006, 9:51 AM   #3
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The http://www.alienbees.com are about as "shoesting" as I would willing to go for good quality strobes. If you want something so cheap that you will quickly outgrow them, most anything will work (i.e. Home Depot work lights).
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Old May 23, 2006, 10:55 AM   #4
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Are there any home depot lights (or any cheaply available lights) whose temperature is known (i.e. something I can use for white balance)? For example if I know a certain light is 3200k I can use that information to set my camera's white balance. I think thats a cool way to go about it.

I recently checked B&H and they carry some fluroscent tubes of 5600k temperature etc. I'll probably go with that.

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The http://www.alienbees.com are about as "shoesting" as I would willing to go for good quality strobes. If you want something so cheap that you will quickly outgrow them, most anything will work (i.e. Home Depot work lights).
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If you are thinking of those...check this out: http://www.leafamerica.com/3701.htm

Also, the very 1st link in this forum is full of studio lighting info....
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Old May 23, 2006, 10:45 PM   #6
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My first lighting setup was the small aluminum reflectors they sell at home depot. They cost about 4 bucks and have a clamp on them. Just clamp them to poles and buy some bright lights. I think I got some 200w phillips halogena bulbs or something, i can't remember. Worked good as long as I set my WB. And you can't mix in a fill flash or anything or else it looks terrible.

I may be imagning this, but I think someone told me they are called chicken lamps. Might be a colliquoal (sp?) name, so don't ask the guy at home depot for that if you are from NY or something.
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Old May 24, 2006, 12:44 PM   #7
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how did you set your WB? If I can solve this problem then half the job is done. I'm happy with hot lights as long as there is a way to set the WB correctly.

I want to use this lighting setup to take portraits and headshots. One or two people. I am also open to strobe lighting if a good one is available under 1000 bucks or so.
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You can either shoot raw and correct the WB in a program like Photoshop or you can use the custome WB setting in your camera if it has it. If there isn't a custom setting, pick tungsten and try to make sure you don't mix lights with different color temperatures.
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Old May 25, 2006, 10:33 AM   #9
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yes, I can certainly set the WB in photoshop or set color temperature in my camera. But I need to know the correct color temperature to do the latter! That is what I meant to ask. How do you know if your lights are 3200k or 3000k? Is there a way of measuring it?
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Old May 25, 2006, 1:06 PM   #10
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Incandescent lights are generally 3200K. I've used the same clamp-fixtures with Halogen bulbs (much brighter & HOTTER, plus the color temp is ususally on the package).
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