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02-05-2014, 09:34 AM   #1
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Studio Lighting - basic setup

Hi. I have been thinking About venturing into some portrait work and have started looking into basic lighting setups. Do you have any recommendations about what I would need. I have a Pentax K30 and an assortment of Pentax film cameras. I also use a Vivitar hotshot mounted flash and a Wein safe sync.

02-06-2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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Today, there are many options regarding the type of light used due to DSLR's recording video. Quartz or "hot" lights" will give you the most light for your money but are uncomfortable to work under. Strobe or flash have long been considered the go to light for photog's is difficult to learn with as you do not see the lighting until you view your images ( modeling lights help but are not perfect ). Fluorescent lights have become very popular as they are naturally soft, comfortable to work under and can be day light balanced. The new kid on the block is LED's which can run on batteries and can change colors and color temps by turning a dial. LED's have a reputation of being a not so flattering light for faces.

The Impact EX100 Ultimate Creative Portrait Kit (120VAC) combines two basic one-monolight (100Ws) kits, each including one light stand and one 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm) softbox, with one white umbrella and a green screen photo kit including a 5 x 7' (1.5 x 2.1 m) chroma green background (with grommets and hooks for hanging the screen) and software that automatically removes the green background. The software then allows you to simply drop in a distant locale or landmark background that places your subject far from where you took the photo. The software includes 720 digital backgrounds to choose from.

The 3-HeadSoftbox Lighting Kit from Autocue is a great way to take digital-friendly fluorescent light on the road for interviews, ENG or event videography or photography. The kit comes with 3 softboxes that attach directly to the 4-socket lamp heads. Four 32W, 5,500K lamps are included for each head. A 6.0' light stand is also provided for each light and it all fits in the kit's compact travel case.

The SpectroLED SpectroLED Three Light Interview Kit by Genaray includes one 9.0" and two 14" LED lights, diffusers, cables, power sources and 3 light stands. A 5.4" Mini Boom and a 5/8" stud adapter are supplied so that you can use one of the SpectroLEDs overhead or at an offset angle. All of the fixtures offer 0-100% dimming and a 60 degree beam angle. Each light comes with a 100-240VAC power supply but if you need to shoot in out of the way locations you'll find its DC (battery) capability handy. A cigarette lighter adapter cord is included for each light to that end. Just add your choice of optional 12V battery.

The uLite 3-Light 1100W Tungsten Kit from Westcott is a good choice for a lighting setup for ecommerce, products and portraiture. The kit includes a two uLite constant light fixtures with 500W photofloods, one uLite with a 100W tungsten lamp and reflector, a 26" diameter octagonal softbox, a 20" square softbox, two 6.5' light stands and a backlight stand. A compact carrying case is supplied to store and transport it all.

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