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128 pages

Minimalist Lighting, Professional Techniques for Studio Photography

Creator: Kirk Tuck | Photography - 2009-04-01

My basic studio kit for portraits is based around two Alien Bees B800 flash units (as of 2008 cost, these are $279 each) and one ... Basically, I was trying to preserve my Profoto lights and viewed the Alien Bees units as expendables.

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
Photographers learn how to create amazing photography with this simple, basic, money-saving approach to working in the studio. While exploring available lighting and equipment, this reference tackles the concerns of studio photographers regarding too much gear, not enough space, and a strict budget and offers alternative techniques for photographing subjects. Tips for how to set up a studio in a limited amount of space, what kind of equipment works best for different effects, and finding great tools for budget prices make this a truly comprehensive reference.



128 pages

Jeff Smith's Lighting for Outdoor & Location Portrait Photography

Creator: Jeff Smith | 2007-06-01

A flash tube for my Alien Bees costs about $30, as opposed to the $150 to $200 for the other brands of lights I use. Don't sell your current lighting equipment to buy Alien Bees, but when you are in the market for new lights, ...

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
Shattering the notion that location lighting has to be difficult, inconvenient, or compromised in its quality, this resource provides guidance on how to create unique and personalized images shot in parks, on city streets, at sports arenas, in workplaces, or in a client’s home. With an overview of equipment and a discussion on the essential tools for a shoot, this guide walks photographers through the creation of dozens of location images—from casual headshots to full-length, formally posed portraits. With strategies for meeting lighting challenges found outside of the studio—from evaluating existing light to modifying or supplementing light as needed—this book will help photographers shoot confidently by developing a plan for creating professional-quality location portraits.



128 pages

Rangefinder's Professional Photography, Techniques And Images from the Pages of Rangefinder Magazine

Creator: Bill Hurter | 2006-10-28

estiny was created with an AlienBees 1600 with a standard 7-inch reflector, fired into a Superior Arctic White seamless ... The Camera: Sigma SD-9 Lens: 50mm Sigma f/2.8 macro/portrait Lighting: Alien Bees 800 with 7-inch reflector; ...

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
The best images by the best photographers from around the world are featured in this collection that reflects the pinnacle of contemporary photography, both in terms of technical skill and creative ingenuity. Appealing to photographers of all levels, this book includes images from all genres of photography—from wedding and fashion to portrait and product—as well as more than 100 instructive articles. In each chapter, the images and techniques are thematically grouped to provide for rapid learning and easy cross-referencing. The breadth of topics, the high quality of the images, the technical skills required to create them, and the sheer creativity reflected in each shot, makes this collection an essential addition to any photographer's library.


Flashes and Flash Accessories Directory

AlienBees: Illuminating the Galaxy with Professional ...
Studio Lighting for Professional Photographers - Factory Direct Sales of AlienBees, White Lightning, Zeus and Einstein Flash Units and Accessories designed by Paul C ...

Paul C. Buff - CyberSync Trigger Transmitter
With the CyberSync™ system, the CST Trigger Transmitter serves as the transmitter at the camera position. You will need at least one receiver for your setup or you ...

Paul C. Buff - Packages
Packages and Discounts for Paul C. Buff Flash Units and Accessories

Paul C. Buff - CyberSync™
CyberSync - Intelligent and Fully-Integrated Radio Remote Control System by Paul C. Buff - Total Wireless Studio Control

Strobist: Choosing Big Lights: AlienBees - blogspot.com
The last installment of the Big Lights series is a look at AlienBees, a very popular line of studio strobes available in the US -- and recently, in ...


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  • Neewer

    Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit 900W - Photographic Lighting - Strobes, Barn Doors, Light Stands, Triggers, Umbrellas, Soft Box

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    This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial
    Three 300W lights and tons of accessories
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    Professional Studio Lighting Kit 900W
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  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox, 60" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)
    List Price: $56.95

    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty


  • Neewer

    Neewer 300W Strobe/Flash Light for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (56 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    Neewer

    Starts smoking if used under studio conditions

    I bought 4 of these as lights to take out on location (my studio is fitted out with 5 Alien Bees). Since these are small and cheap - I figured that I could keep them in my vehicle for some impromptu shoots.I set up one of the NEEWER 300W Studio Photographic Strobe/Flash units to do some testing in the studio. I set it up with an umbrella - with the light aimed upwards at about a 45-degree angle (so that any heat from the modeling lamp would rise away from the light).After just 2 hours - it started to smoke. I suspect that one of the capacitors overheated and melted.Afterwards - I re-read the instructions which indicate that you can only use the flash a couple minutes at a time, followed by 5 minutes of non-use.That certainly is not something that is very useful for a studio shooting situation.I'm glad that I didn't spend too much on these, and since they are cheap, I am going to tear one apart to see if there is a way to mount some kind of... 2/5 James in MPLS - See all my reviews I bought 4 of these as lights to take out on location (my studio is fitted out with 5 Alien Bees). Since these are small and cheap - I figured that I could keep them in my vehicle for some impromptu shoots.I set up one of the NEEWER 300W Studio Photographic Strobe/Flash units to do some testing in the studio. I set it up with an umbrella - with the light aimed upwards at about a 45-degree angle (so that any heat from the modeling lamp would rise away from the light).After just 2 hours - it started to smoke. I suspect that one of the capacitors overheated and melted.Afterwards - I re-read the instructions which indicate that you can only use the flash a couple minutes at a time, followed by 5 minutes of non-use.That certainly is not something that is very useful for a studio shooting situation.I'm glad that I didn't spend too much on these, and since they are cheap, I am going to tear one apart to see if there is a way to mount some kind of... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 1, 2012

    Solid compact flash

    I have to say this light was more than I was expecting for the money. I have shot many years as a professional doing both commercial and portrait photography and was suprised at the performance of this light for the money. While I do not shoot for a living anymore I wanted lights that were portable and could be used for portraiture. At 300 watt seconds it is more than enough power for portraiture even with softboxes. What surprised me the most about this light when I first saw it was its small size - about the size of a one pund coffee can but a little longer. It is smaller than it looks in the pictures due to the fact that the buttons are small, but very usable. How much light does it put out, well with ISO 200 I had a good exposure at f11 @ 16ft using it direct with its built in reflector, this calculates to a guide number of 88 for ISO 100 in feet. The light was even and covered the field of view for a 28mm equivalent lens. It has continuous modeling and flash output from... 5/5 Honest Shopper (USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I have to say this light was more than I was expecting for the money. I have shot many years as a professional doing both commercial and portrait photography and was suprised at the performance of this light for the money. While I do not shoot for a living anymore I wanted lights that were portable and could be used for portraiture. At 300 watt seconds it is more than enough power for portraiture even with softboxes. What surprised me the most about this light when I first saw it was its small size - about the size of a one pund coffee can but a little longer. It is smaller than it looks in the pictures due to the fact that the buttons are small, but very usable. How much light does it put out, well with ISO 200 I had a good exposure at f11 @ 16ft using it direct with its built in reflector, this calculates to a guide number of 88 for ISO 100 in feet. The light was even and covered the field of view for a 28mm equivalent lens. It has continuous modeling and flash output from... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 28, 2011

    You can't go wrong at the price

    At $69, this unit is easily 1/3 the price of other similarly-rated monolights. That in itself makes it a great option if you want to get your feet wet with monolight usage. The light works as you would expect and produces plenty of light. I can't comment on how long it will last, and I don't even know if you can replace the bulbs, but I've taken it out 3 times so far, and shot about 150 shots with it without problems.The recycle time is very short, and at full power seems within specs at maybe just below 3 seconds.The power range doesn't seem very wide. At it's lowest power setting it's still plenty bright. You may have to back it up manually from the subject, or bounce it off an umbrella.There is no auto-dump setting, meaning that when you lower the power you will need to hit the test button to dump the power.The beep that indicates it's ready is a bit loud, and can't be turned off. That means I can't play with it while everyone... 5/5 SomeNYCGuy - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) At $69, this unit is easily 1/3 the price of other similarly-rated monolights. That in itself makes it a great option if you want to get your feet wet with monolight usage. The light works as you would expect and produces plenty of light. I can't comment on how long it will last, and I don't even know if you can replace the bulbs, but I've taken it out 3 times so far, and shot about 150 shots with it without problems.The recycle time is very short, and at full power seems within specs at maybe just below 3 seconds.The power range doesn't seem very wide. At it's lowest power setting it's still plenty bright. You may have to back it up manually from the subject, or bounce it off an umbrella.There is no auto-dump setting, meaning that when you lower the power you will need to hit the test button to dump the power.The beep that indicates it's ready is a bit loud, and can't be turned off. That means I can't play with it while everyone... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 4, 2010
    List Price: $142.95
    A studio kit with only two strobes can achieve tremendous results, but adding a third light for backgrounds or highlights will set you a part from the competition.
    It could be triggered by a flash, infrared and sync cord (included). It also comes with a test button and variable dial for power setting from 1/8 to full.
    This strobe is typically used for background, fill, or highlighting. It easily creates a wide-dispersion glow when used with the gel set (not included).
    This is a 300ws Flash Strobe (master/slave strobe).
    The Studio Light is providing you with a Continues Lamp and Flash Function.It will work as main light, back light or hair light.


  • DTX International, Inc

    Square Perfect 5080 SP3500 FLASH KIT Complete Portrait Studio Kit with Flashes Softboxes Gels and Barn Door

    Photography (DTX International, Inc)

    Rating (76 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    DTX International, Inc

    May not be pro quality but...

    I wasn't sure what to think of this when I first saw it but felt that it was worth a shot. I was tired of sacrificing my more expensive equipment when on location and wanted something that would allow me to have what I needed when I needed it. For the money (keep that in mind!!) this is a great system. I'm more than an amateur, but a little less than a pro, but have managed to make several of my clients very, very happy while using this setup. Oh, the softboxes are a pain in the neck to set up and the stands are a little wobbly but all in all, I found this to be a terrific deal. I still need one more light and would just as soon not have the gels since I never use them, but everything else works find. The reflectors are a good size, the backdrops will do in a pinch (my old stuff is far better so I haven't given them much of a test).If you are looking for an inexpensive (all things being relative, of course) break into the world of studio photography, I think you... 5/5 InfertileMyrtle "InfertileMyrtle" (NC, USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Square Perfect 5080 SP3500 FLASH KIT Complete Portrait Studio Kit with Flashes Softboxes Gels and Barn Door (Electronics) I wasn't sure what to think of this when I first saw it but felt that it was worth a shot. I was tired of sacrificing my more expensive equipment when on location and wanted something that would allow me to have what I needed when I needed it. For the money (keep that in mind!!) this is a great system. I'm more than an amateur, but a little less than a pro, but have managed to make several of my clients very, very happy while using this setup. Oh, the softboxes are a pain in the neck to set up and the stands are a little wobbly but all in all, I found this to be a terrific deal. I still need one more light and would just as soon not have the gels since I never use them, but everything else works find. The reflectors are a good size, the backdrops will do in a pinch (my old stuff is far better so I haven't given them much of a test).If you are looking for an inexpensive (all things being relative, of course) break into the world of studio photography, I think you... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 9, 2008

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    0 2/5 Photograff "Tom" (Chicago, IL) - See all my reviews This review is from: Square Perfect 5080 SP3500 FLASH KIT Complete Portrait Studio Kit with Flashes Softboxes Gels and Barn Door (Electronics) Overall I wasn't impressed with the quality of this product. I am currently a 4th year college student and even at my "unprofessional" studio photography level, I found that this equipment was cheap and may break down over a short period of time. The photo of this product on Amazon doesn't clearly show the actual quality of the pieces in this kit. (for example, the light stands were flimsy and if taken outside would definitely fall with minor wind. Also the backdrops are NOT made out of muslin, but a cheaper quality that reminded me of a plastic picnic table cloth).I gave it two stars because at the VERY basic level this kit would suit your needs as a beginning studio photographer.I would strongly suggest contacting the seller before purchasing for information about quality of:Light standsBackdropsSize of reflectorSoftboxesUmbrella 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 8, 2009

    Solid Enough for a Stationary Studio

    I received this lighting kit for my birthday and to be entirely honest, I'd actually removed it from my wish list because of the bad reviews. My husband bought it for me anyway. I'm now glad he did. It's not fancy, it's not pro-quality, but it's actually a decently made kit. The strobes are good, the light stands (while flimsy) only require a sandbag to make them stable for the soft boxes. Even with a heavier stand a sand bag would be a necessity, I mean, soft box are heavy and throw off the balance of any stand. (Yes, I tried one on my single professional stand)I set everything up (a bit of a feat due to the sparse instructions, but if I can set it up I'm sure anyone could.) and the only set up issues I encountered were my difficulty getting the soft boxes put together and syncing the flashes for wireless. (The wireless sync DOES work, by the way. It doesn't communicate with the hot shoe adapter terribly well, but if I plug it in, it works fine. If you have an adapter... 4/5 SJPi - See all my reviews This review is from: Square Perfect 5080 SP3500 FLASH KIT Complete Portrait Studio Kit with Flashes Softboxes Gels and Barn Door (Electronics) I received this lighting kit for my birthday and to be entirely honest, I'd actually removed it from my wish list because of the bad reviews. My husband bought it for me anyway. I'm now glad he did. It's not fancy, it's not pro-quality, but it's actually a decently made kit. The strobes are good, the light stands (while flimsy) only require a sandbag to make them stable for the soft boxes. Even with a heavier stand a sand bag would be a necessity, I mean, soft box are heavy and throw off the balance of any stand. (Yes, I tried one on my single professional stand)I set everything up (a bit of a feat due to the sparse instructions, but if I can set it up I'm sure anyone could.) and the only set up issues I encountered were my difficulty getting the soft boxes put together and syncing the flashes for wireless. (The wireless sync DOES work, by the way. It doesn't communicate with the hot shoe adapter terribly well, but if I plug it in, it works fine. If you have an adapter... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 16, 2013
    List Price: $1,149.95
    (1) Two Channel Radio Trigger, Receiver, and Sync Cord
    (1) Synch Flash B (45-Watt/Second); (1) Carry case
    Umbrella, backdrops, barn door, gels, snoot
    (3) Professional Duty Aluminum Light Stands
    (2) Professional Studio Strobes; (2) 20 inch x 28 inch soft boxes


  • Cowboy Studio

    Cowboystudio 400 Watt Photography Studio Monolight, Studio Strobe Light with 75 W Model Lamp

    Photography (Cowboy Studio)

    Rating (68 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Cowboy Studio

    two years later...still very happy

    Before you read the review, I'd like to point out that many of Cowboystudio's products contain five-star reviews written by a ringers - probably the vendor herself. If you look at other reviews written by these users you will notice that all their reviews are for Cowboystudio products, all are glowing 5-star reviews, and the "story" in the reviews are completely inconsistent with each other. While this practice doesn't violate Amazon's policies, it is unethical and misleading. While looking at other Cowboystudio products I have discovered at least two such users with about 30 or so reviews, all for Cowboystudio products, all 5-stars, all absolutely ecstatic about their purchase, and all with inconsistent stories - in one the reviewer claims to be an experienced semi-pro, while in another a first-time photographer. I'm not saying all the products are bad, in fact I gave this one a 5-star review myself and will be buying several more of these heads, I'm just saying buyer beware and... 5/5 blarg (Houston) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Cowboystudio 400 Watt Photography Studio Monolight, Studio Strobe Light with 75 W Model Lamp (Electronics) Before you read the review, I'd like to point out that many of Cowboystudio's products contain five-star reviews written by a ringers - probably the vendor herself. If you look at other reviews written by these users you will notice that all their reviews are for Cowboystudio products, all are glowing 5-star reviews, and the "story" in the reviews are completely inconsistent with each other. While this practice doesn't violate Amazon's policies, it is unethical and misleading. While looking at other Cowboystudio products I have discovered at least two such users with about 30 or so reviews, all for Cowboystudio products, all 5-stars, all absolutely ecstatic about their purchase, and all with inconsistent stories - in one the reviewer claims to be an experienced semi-pro, while in another a first-time photographer. I'm not saying all the products are bad, in fact I gave this one a 5-star review myself and will be buying several more of these heads, I'm just saying buyer beware and... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 4, 2012

    Fantastic Value and build quality but not 400 w/s

    I was doing research on trying to find an inexpensive alternative for a strobe that we would use on a college campus in the photo dept. Budget is always a concern and I wanted an inexpensive light that would serve us for head shots, more serious environmental portraits, occasional product shoots, and whatever else comes up.I bought this after reading many reviews and some guy that blogged about it. I found the light to be everything that was advertised. I was looking at Alien Bees as an alternative but the big drawback for me on all their stuff is their build construction as it pertains to how the speed rings attach to the front of the units. You can't use a very large light bank with any WL or AB product as if it's too heavy (or windy) the bank will tear right off the front of the strobe, sometimes taking with it the flashtube and modeling light.These are built right with all metal hardware where it connects to the stand, and it uses a standard Bowens... 4/5 Patrick M. Racey (Knoxville, TN) - See all my reviews, November 3, 2011

    Built well.. but not that well... and not super bright.

    EDIT AT THE BOTTOM*** The cheaper 300 Watt light I bought along with this one is easily brighter at full blast. This light is built quite well, but if you use a really big light modifier (like a 70 inch octagon softbox) do not count on the plastic handle on the rear to do the job you expect it to. Mine, after one use, is showing signs of breaking off and it actually flexes the rear control plate in a sure to soon make this into a paperweight kind of way.The Bowens style mount is nice but know that when you buy this monolight you will need to have at least a "Bowens Standard Reflector" (search it) attached to the front unless you want your barebulb hanging out there.So after all that griping... I like the cooling fan, digital power output, features for slave selection and audible ready. The lower mount has no problem holding a lot of weight, and the head shows no sign of failure from large softboxes dancing on it.Worth the price? Sure but know... 2/5 Kurtis M. Miller (North Georgia USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Cowboystudio 400 Watt Photography Studio Monolight, Studio Strobe Light with 75 W Model Lamp (Electronics) EDIT AT THE BOTTOM*** The cheaper 300 Watt light I bought along with this one is easily brighter at full blast. This light is built quite well, but if you use a really big light modifier (like a 70 inch octagon softbox) do not count on the plastic handle on the rear to do the job you expect it to. Mine, after one use, is showing signs of breaking off and it actually flexes the rear control plate in a sure to soon make this into a paperweight kind of way.The Bowens style mount is nice but know that when you buy this monolight you will need to have at least a "Bowens Standard Reflector" (search it) attached to the front unless you want your barebulb hanging out there.So after all that griping... I like the cooling fan, digital power output, features for slave selection and audible ready. The lower mount has no problem holding a lot of weight, and the head shows no sign of failure from large softboxes dancing on it.Worth the price? Sure but know... Read more, August 19, 2012
    List Price: $150.00
    It is a one 400 Watt second strobe light.
    This strobe comes with 3 colors, red, blue and grey


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Studio Solutions EZ-Pro 12"x56" Strip Box with Speedring Insert for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (19 reviews):
    (3.7/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Product OK, but product pictures misleading

    0 4/5 Robert "robertqiidontknow" (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Studio Solutions EZ-Pro 12"x56" Strip Box with Speedring Insert for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600 (Electronics) The product is OK, no complains. But I bought it thinking it would come with the grid because the pictures showing a grid on it.... 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 17, 2011

    Good build. Design flaw, needs to modify the speedring.

    Recently purchased for my Paul Buff Einstein monoblock and was surprised that the build quality was pretty good for the price. Recessed white diffuser allows for a grid**. Needs instructions, but isn't too difficult to figure out. There is one major problem that needs to be fixed, but can be fixed by purchasing a $20 + ship + screws. So this needs to be factored in the cost.Mount ProblemsUpon attaching to softbox (SB) the Einstein, the speed ring had a hint of play. A hint of weight on the opposite end of the speed ring unlatched the mounting arms and ejected the sb. Pretty much unusable. Unsure if was the Einstein (v2 shipped in 2011), I swapped out the ring from my Paul Buff PLM (Speedring / Cage Assembly $19.95) and it was much sturdier. Problem solved (i think...). You'll need 3 (M4 16mm screws from Home Depot) and 1 (M5 16mm) to replace the ones that hold the speed ring in place. You may want to replace the washers too, since the speed ring lip is not flush with... 3/5 M. Motts (Seattle, WA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Studio Solutions EZ-Pro 12"x56" Strip Box with Speedring Insert for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600 (Electronics) Recently purchased for my Paul Buff Einstein monoblock and was surprised that the build quality was pretty good for the price. Recessed white diffuser allows for a grid**. Needs instructions, but isn't too difficult to figure out. There is one major problem that needs to be fixed, but can be fixed by purchasing a $20 + ship + screws. So this needs to be factored in the cost.Mount ProblemsUpon attaching to softbox (SB) the Einstein, the speed ring had a hint of play. A hint of weight on the opposite end of the speed ring unlatched the mounting arms and ejected the sb. Pretty much unusable. Unsure if was the Einstein (v2 shipped in 2011), I swapped out the ring from my Paul Buff PLM (Speedring / Cage Assembly $19.95) and it was much sturdier. Problem solved (i think...). You'll need 3 (M4 16mm screws from Home Depot) and 1 (M5 16mm) to replace the ones that hold the speed ring in place. You may want to replace the washers too, since the speed ring lip is not flush with... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 28, 2011

    Does it work? Yes Does it fit? Kinda

    First let me start off with the good. The product seems solid, well built and make out of fine materials. It does have nice reflective materials and two sages of diffusion. It's a little on the heavy side so make sure if you're using a boom that you have a heavy duty one. By the time you add a AlienBee and this soft-box you're going to strain your boom.Now the bad: The speed-ring that is supplied doesn't fit well with the AlienBee. It actually leaves quite a gap which I have had to tape with Gaffers tape to keep light from spilling onto my backdrop and creating a hotspot.The cover doesn't quite fit around the base of the box as well. You have to pull extremely hard to get it to completely close and then the Velcro just won't hold under the strain. Once again, Gaffers tape.The mount for the speed-ring on the box also allows quite a bit of play. So by the time you have your box mounted and you take into account the play in the speed-ring on... 2/5 KeyMan (Richmond, KY) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Studio Solutions EZ-Pro 12"x56" Strip Box with Speedring Insert for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600 (Electronics) First let me start off with the good. The product seems solid, well built and make out of fine materials. It does have nice reflective materials and two sages of diffusion. It's a little on the heavy side so make sure if you're using a boom that you have a heavy duty one. By the time you add a AlienBee and this soft-box you're going to strain your boom.Now the bad: The speed-ring that is supplied doesn't fit well with the AlienBee. It actually leaves quite a gap which I have had to tape with Gaffers tape to keep light from spilling onto my backdrop and creating a hotspot.The cover doesn't quite fit around the base of the box as well. You have to pull extremely hard to get it to completely close and then the Velcro just won't hold under the strain. Once again, Gaffers tape.The mount for the speed-ring on the box also allows quite a bit of play. So by the time you have your box mounted and you take into account the play in the speed-ring on... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 20, 2012
    List Price: $159.90
    Price: $69.95
    You Save: $89.95 (56%)
    Features an inner baffle and an outer diffusive cover for an even light throw with sealable venting for a high-powered lamp or a continuous lighting source
    Includes a 24 Month Manufacturer Warranty
    Rotation speeding ring with thumb screw lock
    Pro-grade, heat-resistance fabric constructed with premium-grade materials.


  • Pro Studio Solutions

    Pro 5'x7' Highkey Background, for Alien Bees, Alienbees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600, Backdrop, Soft Bank, Softbox Wall

    Photography (Pro Studio Solutions)

    Rating (4 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    Pro Studio Solutions

    Hope this info helps someone

    I hope this information helps people because I could not find anything online that answered my questions about this product.How to meter a high key backdrop:The way to create the effect:-Meter the light on your your subject (with the backdrop lights off) so that they are exposed correctly. Write down or remember the reading for your subject.-Now turn off the main light that is falling on your subject.-Now meter your background and adjust the power till it is about 1 and a half (or more depending on the effect you want) stops over the exposure of your subject.The point is to overexpose your background and to maintain proper exposure on the subject. Some people don't understand how to use high key and will underexpose the background and will end up with a grey backdrop instead of a white backdrop. It is important to understand how exposure works and how to meter correctly. You can try to do this without a meter but... 4/5 MT1 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pro 5'x7' Highkey Background, for Alien Bees, Alienbees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600, Backdrop, Soft Bank, Softbox Wall (Electronics) I hope this information helps people because I could not find anything online that answered my questions about this product.How to meter a high key backdrop:The way to create the effect:-Meter the light on your your subject (with the backdrop lights off) so that they are exposed correctly. Write down or remember the reading for your subject.-Now turn off the main light that is falling on your subject.-Now meter your background and adjust the power till it is about 1 and a half (or more depending on the effect you want) stops over the exposure of your subject.The point is to overexpose your background and to maintain proper exposure on the subject. Some people don't understand how to use high key and will underexpose the background and will end up with a grey backdrop instead of a white backdrop. It is important to understand how exposure works and how to meter correctly. You can try to do this without a meter but... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 8, 2014

    Great multi-use light accessory

    First of all, this arrives in 2 separate boxes--and mine arrived on different days. One box contains the actual background, the corner supports, and a case both are installed in. The large, heavy studio stand comes in the separate box.You can use the background separately and put lights on tripods. I would absolutely use the stand if you are going to use it outside. This thing will catch a LOT of wind. It's easy to move around and self-supporting. One of the clips on the corner supports was broken in a spot, but it didn't affect the functionality of the unit.The stand is excellent! It's extremely heavy, more so on the bottom, and on wheels. It can be adjusted for height and angle. There are attachments built in for your lights which worked perfectly with my Alienbees lights. It's easy to finagle the lights in with the standard 7" reflectors--which you want to use to ensure the zippered sides don't damage either bulb.This background can... 5/5 Amazon Customer (USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pro 5'x7' Highkey Background, for Alien Bees, Alienbees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600, Backdrop, Soft Bank, Softbox Wall (Electronics) First of all, this arrives in 2 separate boxes--and mine arrived on different days. One box contains the actual background, the corner supports, and a case both are installed in. The large, heavy studio stand comes in the separate box.You can use the background separately and put lights on tripods. I would absolutely use the stand if you are going to use it outside. This thing will catch a LOT of wind. It's easy to move around and self-supporting. One of the clips on the corner supports was broken in a spot, but it didn't affect the functionality of the unit.The stand is excellent! It's extremely heavy, more so on the bottom, and on wheels. It can be adjusted for height and angle. There are attachments built in for your lights which worked perfectly with my Alienbees lights. It's easy to finagle the lights in with the standard 7" reflectors--which you want to use to ensure the zippered sides don't damage either bulb.This background can... Read more, January 27, 2014

    A decent product at a great price.

    I'm curious as to why Fotodiox matches these soft boxes to particular lights. I suspect it's a marketing technique. The lights have large adjustable openings on each side in which to place your lights and I can't imagine any light that wouldn't work with this light.My primary use for this light will be as a hi-key background, but it will work as a soft side light source as well. I chose this light because of it's cost effectiveness. I've traditionally used a 6x6 silk set up placed in front of a white background with my lights aimed at the background. However besides needing two sets of stands, the cost can exceed $600, in fact add a pair of c-stands and background stand and you could hit over $800 without the lights. So $200 is a real buy. However do not consider this a portable unit. True, the box can be folded and placed in it's bag, however the stand does not break down easily, so consider it primarily a studio tool. A nice feature is that it's on wheels and moves about... 4/5 jfj17 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pro 5'x7' Highkey Background, for Alien Bees, Alienbees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800, B1600, Backdrop, Soft Bank, Softbox Wall (Electronics) I'm curious as to why Fotodiox matches these soft boxes to particular lights. I suspect it's a marketing technique. The lights have large adjustable openings on each side in which to place your lights and I can't imagine any light that wouldn't work with this light.My primary use for this light will be as a hi-key background, but it will work as a soft side light source as well. I chose this light because of it's cost effectiveness. I've traditionally used a 6x6 silk set up placed in front of a white background with my lights aimed at the background. However besides needing two sets of stands, the cost can exceed $600, in fact add a pair of c-stands and background stand and you could hit over $800 without the lights. So $200 is a real buy. However do not consider this a portable unit. True, the box can be folded and placed in it's bag, however the stand does not break down easily, so consider it primarily a studio tool. A nice feature is that it's on wheels and moves about... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 14, 2014
    List Price: $599.95
    Price: $199.95
    You Save: $400.00 (67%)
    Stand on Wheel for Studio Placement
    Suitable to use as a large softbank
    5'x7' Highkey Background Kit
    Opening for lights on both side for even hi-key background


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  • YONHB

    Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58.

    Photography (YONHB)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    YONHB

    Comparison to YN560 (mk I), Canon 580EX II

    EDIT: A problem that I didn't experience at first - while the LCD screen is bright and easy to read in most situations (looking straight at it), I found out that it's not so easy to read from other angles. For example, if you put it on an umbrella swivel (for an umbrella, beauty dish, softbox, etc..) and have it angled it can be impossible to read. If tilted 90 degrees forward, it appears as if everything lights up on it (the LCD screen uses something similar to a digital alarm clock - so it looks like "1/188" which allows the "88" to light up certain parts to form different numbers. So it could be 1/1, 1/2.. 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128) Again, the problem is that at odd angles (like 90 degrees forward) it appears as "1/188" instead of what the actual power is. On the other hand, tilting it 90 degrees backwards it will look blank.. so the viewing angle isn't great and creates some readability issues. Another example is if it's sitting lower to the ground and you're looking at it from a... 5/5 MiRSD - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58. (Electronics) EDIT: A problem that I didn't experience at first - while the LCD screen is bright and easy to read in most situations (looking straight at it), I found out that it's not so easy to read from other angles. For example, if you put it on an umbrella swivel (for an umbrella, beauty dish, softbox, etc..) and have it angled it can be impossible to read. If tilted 90 degrees forward, it appears as if everything lights up on it (the LCD screen uses something similar to a digital alarm clock - so it looks like "1/188" which allows the "88" to light up certain parts to form different numbers. So it could be 1/1, 1/2.. 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128) Again, the problem is that at odd angles (like 90 degrees forward) it appears as "1/188" instead of what the actual power is. On the other hand, tilting it 90 degrees backwards it will look blank.. so the viewing angle isn't great and creates some readability issues. Another example is if it's sitting lower to the ground and you're looking at it from a... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 23, 2012

    Significant variance in color

    I bought one unit to try it out, and it worked great. So I bought two more. They all work great, well built, reliable. If you configure it correctly per the manual it does not time out. Very happy with the units except last night I discovered an odd color when I was using two Yongnuos with my Elinchrom studio flash in a three flash setup. I lit a model with the key light being a Yongnuo through a softbox, the Elinchrom providing fill, and another snooted Yongnuo lighting the background.The Elinchrom fill provided nice, vibrant color in the model's blonde hair. The Yongnuo key light created an odd, muted cast in her hair that was very muddy and unattractive. One half of her face looked great and the other half looked terrible. This is the first time I noticed it so I decided to do a color comparison between my six flashes (Two Canons, three Yongnuo's and a studio unit). I shot an Xrite colorchecker chart with each flash using the same exposure (measured by the histogram as... 3/5 John - See all my reviews This review is from: Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58. (Electronics) I bought one unit to try it out, and it worked great. So I bought two more. They all work great, well built, reliable. If you configure it correctly per the manual it does not time out. Very happy with the units except last night I discovered an odd color when I was using two Yongnuos with my Elinchrom studio flash in a three flash setup. I lit a model with the key light being a Yongnuo through a softbox, the Elinchrom providing fill, and another snooted Yongnuo lighting the background.The Elinchrom fill provided nice, vibrant color in the model's blonde hair. The Yongnuo key light created an odd, muted cast in her hair that was very muddy and unattractive. One half of her face looked great and the other half looked terrible. This is the first time I noticed it so I decided to do a color comparison between my six flashes (Two Canons, three Yongnuo's and a studio unit). I shot an Xrite colorchecker chart with each flash using the same exposure (measured by the histogram as... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 12, 2013

    Works like a champ!! Canon 5d mark iii + remote trigger

    0 5/5 Macbook Guy "MacbookGuy" (Atlanta, GA) - See all my reviews, June 19, 2012
    List Price: $69.99
    The Same Features as the 1st. generation YN-560
    The flat, one-piece plastic screen has been replaced.
    Black
    2.36 x 7.48 x 3.07
    This feature can give you warning before it's too late, and not only after the power is out, it's also YONGNUO first full-manual flash with this function.


  • ePhotoInc

    Off Camera Photography Photo Studio Umbrella type 30" Octogon Softbox for Canon Nikon or Alien Bees Softbox880

    Photography (ePhotoInc)

    Rating (34 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    ePhotoInc

    Photos look nice and soft

    0 4/5 R. A. Guerra - See all my reviews, October 8, 2012

    Off Camera Photography Photo Studio Umbrella

    0 4/5 Juan Pablo Assmus (Bogotá, Colombia) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Off Camera Photography Photo Studio Umbrella type 30" Octogon Softbox for Canon Nikon or Alien Bees Softbox880 (Camera) This Off Camera Photography Photo Studio Umbrella is really good, I might get more of this. The only bad thing I found is the zipper won't let the umbrella face down but I think that is not an issue because I can ensamble differnet and problem solve ;-) 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 16, 2013

    Great substitute for an octa

    0 5/5 reavesce - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Off Camera Photography Photo Studio Umbrella type 30" Octogon Softbox for Canon Nikon or Alien Bees Softbox880 (Camera) I had purchased some Brolly boxes before. This is a fantastic tool, especially for the price. The removable scrim from the front turns this into a reflective umbrella. There's even enough Velcro on the sides to add a grid if you want to. This is a fantastic deal for the price. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 13, 2014
    No rods to assembly and struggle
    Opens up like an umbrellla for locations
    Works on Nikon, Canon speedlights as well as small strobes ( Alienbees)
    Compact design for portablity
    Storage case is included


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