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So more on continuous lighting...

So I've got strobist_bs on my friends page. It's a blog about using "speedlites" (yeah, it's a Canon trademark, but it's used generically to refer to small portable strobes; Nikon calls their portable strobes "speedlights") in innovative ways to reproduce/replace complicated studio lighting systems.

I've got a basic problem, though. None of my cameras have a flash-shoe, so, as I mentioned, I can't really take advantage of that many of the ideas they post.

The writer, though, was interviewed on the StudioLighting.net podcast E065. Now somehow I had missed StudioLighting.net, but it's an interesting website. In addition to podcasts, they also produce vidcasts, and LSS004 - Natural Light Mixed with Continuous Light it's interesting.

Of course, the really cool bit for me was a link to LinCo/Britek, producer of relatively inexpensive continuous fluorescent lighting systems.

Of particular interest are the bargain "eBay Booster Kit" (each instrument is the equivalent of 175w of incandescent) and the Small Business Kit (270w each, and includes a "professional lighting instructional DVD"). They're cheap enough that they're probably worth buying (rather than going the diy route).

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ladycelia
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
I have one of these: http://reviews.pricegrabber.com/tungsten-lighting/m/23035710/
The "My First Studio" from PhotoFlex. If you don't need anything right now, they have a warehouse sale in late November/early December. I got a really deep discount ( like half off) that way--plus I got reflector booms, and a pair of 42" multi reflectors. One thing it doesn't have is barn doors. But there are ways to cheat that pretty easily.

Edited at 2008-06-06 11:13 pm (UTC)
jadecat9
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I wouldn't mind a reflector boom. And they are local, aren't they? (somewhere in the near Bay Area).

But, A? I'd start off with one continuous light and see how that works for you before buying a full set that you might or might not use.

I highly recommend the following book:
Light , Science, & Magic to get a real good feel for how light works, etc...and how much you can do with one light and one reflector.

bovil
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Watsonville.

Ordered the book. Seriously thinking about a single light and a reflector.

Edited at 2008-06-06 11:26 pm (UTC)
ladycelia
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
The reflector boom fits on the light stand. It's GREAT. I think I paid $15.00 for it.
They're in Watsonville near the airport. They open up one day during holiday shopping season and they have all kinds of stuff on sale, both new and used.
bovil
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
The PhotoFlex stuff looks really good, but it also looks like they're still primarily tungsten-based. They're also pretty pricey. Still, definitely worth looking at their warehouse sale at the end of the year.
ladycelia
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
I certainly wouldn't pay retail for it, but at 70+% off (which is what everything I bought worked out to in the end), it was well worth it. In fact I'll be using it this weekend.
jadecat9
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
For 70% off? yeah, I'd go for some of their support stuff. Let me know when you hear of their next sale.
ladycelia
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
The used stuff in particular goes for a song. It's their old demo equipment. Great deals.
ladycelia
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, and they have chromakeys and all that kind of stuff. Softboxes from teeny tiny to enormous...it's like a candy store.
jadecat9
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
What are you shooting this weekend?
ladycelia
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
A large painting to be used in a "Ken Burns" kind of way in Karsten's documentary about the birthplace of the Buddha. Setting up at his grandmother's old condo--no furniture in the way, plain walls, good power supply, etc., etc.
didjiman
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
If you REALLY want to play with portable flashes, get yourself a Nikon D60/D80. The Nikon really is ahead of the game in this aspect.
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