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Shawn Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2005
 

studio lights


I have an oportunity to set up a makeshift studio in the garage for some learning shots of friends and their families. I am looking into some lights and I've found a great many sets out there and looking for suggestions.

I don't have a way to control remote flashes currently, so I'm looking at continuous lights first of all. I'd love to use stobes, but my budget isn't that big yet.

What I'm wondering is what power I should be looking for? I'm planning on 3 lights, but is 250W enough or do I need 500W?

Garage is pretty dark, tall dark ceiling, so the lights I get will be pretty much all there is.

Groups of 4 to 10 people will be stopping by for me to test shoot and I just want to make sure there is even light on the larger groups.

I figured 3 500W lights with difusers is what I need, but 250s are a little cheaper.

Any suggestions?


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5/20/2005 7:31:04 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  What's your budget, Shawn? Alien Bees sells some pretty affordable strobe packages.

Continuous lights can get pretty hot. You might melt a few volunteers in the garage this summer.


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5/20/2005 9:49:23 PM

 
Shawn Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2005
  Well, I'd be pushing it at $300 at the moment.

If I'm going to do strobes, I do have a 420ex, so can't that trigger other flashes?


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5/20/2005 10:14:05 PM

 
Shawn Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2005
  I find these type of deals on eBay a lot:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30087&item=7517653839&rd=1

But how do I trigger them? What do I have to get to connect my camera to strobes like that?


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5/20/2005 10:18:22 PM

 
Shawn Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2005
  redirect... sorry. Most of these mention coming with infared sensors that I'm assuming my 420 can trip. Plus the sync cable just goes on the hotfoot, right?

What I'm lost on now is the power rating. Like is a pair of 110w/s strobes too little for the group shots I mentioned?


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5/20/2005 10:30:43 PM

 
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