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Nora 
 

What is the best light resource ?


Hello,, I have a new studio to photographe potraite and things, I wander what would be the best lighting source to use. thanx.


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10/9/2007 12:01:50 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Mono Lights are wonderful to work with .
I use the Photogenics, but if you'd like to email me, I can send you a list of a few I reccomend.
Do keep in mid Lighting preference is as diverse as each ones choice in Cameras.
I hope this helps,
Debby


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10/9/2007 1:16:58 PM

 
William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  Nora, your choice of lighting is going to depend a lot on what you plan to use it for. Monolights are easier to use because you can actually see the effect but they cannot produce the illumination of strobes. You may want to go lightsource.com which is devoted to studio lighting and offers a podcast. It may give you a better idea of what is available and what might suit you best.

Bill


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10/10/2007 9:53:51 AM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Nora,
I teach a nice class here (Building Better Photographs with Strobes) that helps people learn about how light work and what might be a good product to buy. If it helps many of my students buy from Alien Bee and Calumet Travelites.
Thanks, John Siskin


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10/11/2007 6:06:51 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  You know John,
I always enjoy the fact that you & I seem on the same page most of the time!
I just don't suggest Calumet equiptment anymore.
I opened a Fund Rasing Photography Business for a man a 2 Years ago
He bought 3 Kts from Calumet, Tripods & Ball head grips. All this used during traning of photographers for 3 weeks,before off to our first gig
3 days of photographing at a collage.
fist the grips broke one by one (granted they replaced them)
but than the knobs broke on the tripods & light stands, the umbrella mounts on the reflectors fell off, it was a mess.
So since then, I stick to refering the Photogenics I now last a lifetime.
(The frst set I work with lasting 35 years and still working when sold)
and for the cheaper end,Britek which I know will take a beating as I used those for a mobil team.
and to everyone else, this should mean nothing because lighting preferance is just lie posting whats your favorite camera?,lol.
anyway this was just something I noticed and thought I'd say why.
Though made by bowens they just don't seam to have the longevity they are known for to me.
I do however love seeing your posts.
I hope you have a wonderful day today,
time to start mine,lol,
Debby Tabb


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10/12/2007 6:10:52 AM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Debbie,
Thanks for your post. I agree with you much of the time also; often I see your post & don’t offer an opinion, as it would be redundant. I am sure that each of us has had bad experience with some company. In my case I wouldn’t take another Epson printer if you gave it to me.

I have used Calumet for at least twenty years with out problems. I have used one of their Travelites for close to ten years without any difficulty. I have taken this thing through the tender mercies of the airlines repeatedly, with out trouble. I have to point out that my personal experience has been good. I have heard of no trouble from my students. I have only limited personal experience with Alien Bees. I used one of their ring lights, and it had nothing to recommend it. Despite this, since my students often have Alien Bee equipment, and never report a problem, I often suggest their gear, just not the ring light. I used Photogenic strobes for a short time in the early eighties. I report that they worked. They were underpowered, I was a 4X5 photographer then, so I needed power. I have heard occasional reports of them, always positive, always from portrait photographers. I am sure they are fine units.

Most of my professional experience has been with Norman. I still own three of their 900 series power packs and eight heads. I see no reason to recommend or not recommend their gear. I think the new prices are higher than they should be. I also have seven Norman LH2 heads and five packs, this is the 200B gear. I do recommend this for location gear, at the price you are likely to find it used on EBay. As there is no new 200B gear I may have to reevaluate this recommendation as the gear gets older.

I am glad to hear about others’ experience with various products, but I would like to have a considerable number of recommendations from others, or personal experience, before I trust gear. Also, like a lot of others, sometimes price is important.
Thanks, John Siskin


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10/12/2007 10:47:34 AM

 
Nora    Debby,, thranx alot for you usefull post.. I sent u an email,, plz chech it.


William S.,, ur posting was helpful, thanx.

John S.,, it is so nice to share ur great experience with me,, I really not only get benefit but also enjoed.. thanx.


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10/16/2007 9:18:45 AM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Glad to help! Thanks, John Siskin


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10/16/2007 9:27:45 AM

 
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