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09-21-2007, 09:54 PM   #1
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Studio Lighting Solutions!

Well I've slowly been building a small but well lit basement studio and the pieces have come together and the price has been very fair so I thought I'd share my findings with everyone here.

Well I started out using only the current Pentax flashes and reaping the benefits of the built-in wireless flashes.

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I've recently purchased Cactus triggers for my flashes and have figured out number crunching and came up with some cool images.

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I'm my basement I've constructed a small studio with backdrop, light stands with wireless strobes (ala Pentax flashes) but today I added something totally cool that will really boost my lighting ability.

Insert one Promaster Cool Light 16! This light is amazing in so many ways. It's large, 16" reflector opening, utilizes 3 24 watt halogen bulbs which equals 360 watts of typical photo speak light and doesn't draw much power and stays COOL. The light runs about $119 for the average joe it's worth the pennies you have to save. The best part though is that the light is balanced at 5000K which means the light is almost dead on with that of my flash guns!

Basically my new setup will be 1 Cool light 16 for main light, one AF540 strobe for secondary or accent light and one AF360 strobe for effect light or spot light or whatever. I'll hopefully add a second Cool light 16 next week and have one portable studio and one home studio to feed my photography hunger.

I'll post some test shots over the weekend if I can find a victim so stay tuned for some fun images with the new super cool studio! HA!

09-22-2007, 03:59 AM   #2
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HI, thanks for sharing and look forward to more as it develops

I have been thinking about doing similar and checked parts of strobist etc, but have delayed it to after I have lenses more sorted, I am also trying to decide between pentax flashes and vivitar 285's. so a question or two or three You use pentax flashes are you using 360's or 540's ? you also mention that you bought cactus triggers, why? (I thought you couldjust use the wireless system? which is the only way to get off camera high speed sync? would you lose that using the cactus triggers? (so I suppose the other question with that, is do you need it is this situation?)

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I think you mean compact flourescent bulbs, not halogen bulbs.

I like the idea, but the $139 price tag seems a bit steep for what ammounts to a large shop light with three sockets, and three 500k 100w equivalent CF bulbs.

Wonder what it would cost to build it myself.

hmm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by raz-0 Quote
I think you mean compact flourescent bulbs, not halogen bulbs.

I like the idea, but the $139 price tag seems a bit steep for what ammounts to a large shop light with three sockets, and three 500k 100w equivalent CF bulbs.

Wonder what it would cost to build it myself.

hmm.
You are exactly right! I went to Home Depot and bought several clamp on reflectors and CF flood bulbs for under $30. they work great with my light cube.

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Home Depot was the first thing that came to mind when I looked up the lamp at the manuf website, lol.

Youc an use a standard reflector and one bulb, or add one of these for two-lightbulb goodness!



The trick is to find a home depot that has 5000k color temperature CF bulbs.
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