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Shawn A. Meissner

Lighting Kits

I wanting to buy some lighting equipment and I am not sure what to get. I have been reading up and I am stuck between continuous lighting or strobe. I am looking to get into portrait photography and I need help. Here is the kit I was looking at but have second thoughts.

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10/5/2008 7:03:47 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Greetings, Shawn. I'd recommend that you do a search for lighting and read the threads on the subject you're asking about. It's been discussed here about a million times. Then get back to us with some specific questions once you decide to go with one or the other. Posting some of your work would be nice as well.

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10/5/2008 7:22:14 PM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Shawn,
I highly recommend John Siskin's An Introduction to Photographic Lighting 4- week online course. I, like many others, bought light kits (before taking this course) that were unable to fulfill my lighting needs and now sit unused and taking up space. John's course will teach you what you will need to know to make informed decisions about your lighting requirements and provide you with lots of cheap ways of going about it and other tricks/experiences he will share with you. He provides a lot of information that go above and beyond the requirements for this course but are very much appreciated.

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10/5/2008 9:59:51 PM

Shawn A. Meissner   Carlton,

Thanks for the advice. I will be taking that course next. I am going to hold off buying any lighting until then.


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10/6/2008 8:32:15 PM

John H. Siskin
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  Hi Shawn, and thanks Carlton!
Shawn continuous lights are easier to see, but they give you far fewer options than strobes. The kit you mentioned would teach you something, but you would want strobes pretty soon. Also it is important to note that these units run pretty hot. I hope to see you in my class! You can still sign up for the current class!
Thanks, John Siskin

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10/7/2008 10:47:07 AM

Beth Verser
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/14/2007
  I have both and prefer strobe unless working with very small children often my strobes do not allow me to the speed I need to catch the one moment they are doing as you ask. Check out Owens Originals for ordering lights and other supplies their prices are wounderful.

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10/10/2008 12:20:39 PM

Ahmadreza Panahi   Hi Shown
if you are going to shoot portraits, I highly recommend to use strobe lights because continuous lights make less amount of light and therefore slow shutter speed and subject movement or camera shaking or both. and if you use more lights, it makes a hot atmosphere that you and your subject could not bare.
yours: Ahmadreza Panahi

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1/8/2009 11:25:23 PM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Good Day Shawn,

I will recommend a strool through the old "Studio Photography " Threads,
as you will see others trying out different Lights and overcoming thier challanges.
There is also alot there on Posing, getting expression and doing business.

Heres the link:

I do hope this helps,

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1/14/2009 6:38:56 AM

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