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Old 17-02-2006, 14:34   #1 (permalink)
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Where To Start With Lighting???

I quite fancy getting into portraiture. I already dabble in products on a VERY crude level but I want/need some lighting.
At the moment I have 2 of those 500 watt security lights so not a hope in hell of getting near with any kind of diffusers. (Im sure I can smell my own hair burning from 3ft away).
I need to start somewhere, anywhere!
Ive looked at a few kits but dont really know what the spec means.
Should I start out with a cheap kit & try & upgrade later, or do I go for one 'good lamp' at a time?
What advice would you give to a newb like me ... apart from ditch the security lights, lol!
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Old 17-02-2006, 15:30   #2 (permalink)
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Im sure I can smell my own hair burning from 3ft away
How can you be 3ft away from your own hair? You have toupee?

Oh... and put 250W bulbs in the security lights instead of 500W's
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Old 17-02-2006, 15:49   #3 (permalink)
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How can you be 3ft away from your own hair? You have toupee?
Ha! ha! a toupee....what kind of women do you hang around with!
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Ha! ha! a toupee....what kind of women do you hang around with!
Too damn many. None with fake hair, though.
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Have a serach for PeteMc started thread recently, where some links were posted on Studio Lighting
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I'd suggest going for one good flash at a time.

The last thing you want is to have to upgrade early because the ones you've bought are not powerful enough for the job.

One good flash and a softbox will set you on your way.
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Have a look here for some good prices on factory returned/repaired bowens studio flash.

For a small studio/home setup the 250's are a good start.
Best bet is to go for 500's so you get a lot of controlable power.

The DX range gives you more control, with power adjustments in 1/10ths
over 1/3rds from the esprit range.

They come supplied with flash tube and photo flood modeling lamp,
power cable and sync cord (unless otherwise stated).

You will need to purchase a reflector, I recommend the wide angle umbrella reflector form calumet
with the umbrella of your choice, and/or a softbox (have a look at the range Calumet supply).

Just got myself a Bowens 250DX.


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Have a look here for some good prices on factory returned/repaired bowens studio flash.
HTH
Some real bargains there Matt ... on the face of it at least - and not just restricted to lighting ! A good place to start for many photographic (and other) items no ?
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Thanx for sharing Matt, I have much to learn before I actually make a purchase
The link you gave ... looks very appealing... have you actually bought from there yourself? (The bargain basement bit).

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Yes, I've bought quite a bit of kit from them over the last few years (warehouse express).
Service is excellent.
I've made a few purchases form the bargain basement, and
so have a few of my freinds.
The flash head I purchased came from the bargain basement section
and it looks brand new, unused, came with cables and warranty card.

I made my first purchase from Calumet, to get the softbox and reflector.
They didn't have the size of softbox I requested so sold me the next
size up for the same price as the one I wanted.
Also staff were very helpful, and they made sure everthing fitted together
before I left their shop with it.
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You'll also need a flash meter.

The sekonic L-308 S Flashmate will do everything you'll need.
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