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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

Paul C. Buff, Inc.
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 - AlienBees
Illuminating the Galaxy - the small and mighty AlienBees flash units by Paul C. Buff - the most popular flash units in the universe

Paul C. Buff - AlienBees B800
Illuminating the Galaxy - the small and mighty AlienBees flash units by Paul C. Buff - the most popular flash units in the universe

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


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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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    List Price: $578.95
    Price: $309.45
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    Three 300W lights and tons of accessories
    This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial
    Professional Studio Lighting Kit 900W
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    1 Year Warranty


  • ePhotoInc

    14 Inch x 55 Inch Photography Strip softbox for Alien Bees Alienbees Speedring Strip Beehive Softbox Grid AB35140

    Photography (ePhotoInc)

    Rating (10 reviews):
    (3.5/5)
    ePhotoInc

    A very good value

    I needed two strip boxes for an upcoming studio session and contemplated renting some from a local business. I have two small strip boxes by Photoflex, but they are not large enough for a studio dance shoot. There were no reviews of this strip box, but because Amazon has such an amazing return policy I was willing to see if the product would meet my needs. I can only compare this unit to Photoflex softboxes since they are the only ones I've used and own.The main unit's material is of good grade and unlike my Photoflex units it is lined with a silver material rather than white. The inner baffle is attached to elastic loops via small and inexpensive clips, much like the clips I use to use when making my own lanyards. The outer baffle attached via hook and loop fastener along the perimeter of the baffle. The recess of the baffle is about 1.5 inches which is great for feathering the light. The included grid attaches via hook and loop as well. The depth of the grid is about 1... 4/5 Mark Kitaoka (Pacifica, CA United States) - See all my reviews, September 30, 2012

    Great softbox, speedring slightly large

    0 4/5 Robby - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 14 Inch x 55 Inch Photography Strip softbox for Alien Bees Alienbees Speedring Strip Beehive Softbox Grid AB35140 (Camera) So I read the previous review about the box not fitting alienbees but decided to try it anyways. It does fit my alienbees but not nearly as snug as I'd like. Only reason for the 1 star drop. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 21, 2013

    DOES NOT FIT Alien Bees

    0 1/5 Kent J Southers - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 14 Inch x 55 Inch Photography Strip softbox for Alien Bees Alienbees Speedring Strip Beehive Softbox Grid AB35140 (Camera) This item absolutely does not fit AB mounts.Oh sure, it will go around the fingers ... but the thing is so loose you can drive a Mack Truck through the gaps. ABSOLUTELY NO WAY this thing will be secure on an AB.So, if you think that ordering the Fotodiox AB Speedring is the solution ... you can forget that too. While the Fotodiox Speedring that is "SUGGESTED BY AMAZON" to purchase with it is a GREAT FIT on the AB ... IT doesn't fit in THIS softbox mount. It is a combination MADE IN HELL. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 13, 2013
    Sealable venting for use with high power modeling lamp
    Rotation speeding ring with thumb screw lock
    Brand New With Carrying bag
    Heavy duty construction. Features inner baffle
    Great for travel. Pro grade, heat resistant reflective fabric


  • Neewer

    Neewer® 180W Strobe/Flash Light for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (50 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Neewer

    Glad I got it.

    0 3/5 squarepeg_photography - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer® 180W Strobe/Flash Light for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography (Electronics) Plenty of power for my small studio (aka, the basement). I have noticed a little quirk, though; If I don't use the modeling light, it doesn't recognize the sync cable after one picture. With the modeling light on, the sync cable works every time as long as you wait the 3-4 seconds to recharge.UPDATE: Raised the light stand and tightened the screws ever so slightly and the mounting barrel broke. Wrapped with packing tape to keep it on the stand. Amazingly, I'm still glad I bought it but now it's just 3 stars. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 16, 2013

    Great product for the budget photographer.

    0 5/5 Katherine Woten - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer® 180W Strobe/Flash Light for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography (Electronics) Purchased one of these and I must say, it works well. Right out of the box, no time to setup and fires everytime.I will be purchasing another 1 ( maybe 2) very soon! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 14, 2013

    good quality

    0 5/5 David G "garlicdawg" - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer® 180W Strobe/Flash Light for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography (Electronics) very good quality for the price.....reliable enuf forprofessional work. yes they work great. the slaves are sosensitive..I can stand 10ft in front of them and they still go off. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 24, 2012
    List Price: $79.95
    Price: $40.96
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    1 x 75W Modeling bulb
    1x Sync cable
    Professional Studio Flash Strobe Light 180W
    1x Power cable
    1 x 180W Strobe light


  • Fotodiox Inc.

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

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (127 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Provides excellent light, packs small, and is extremely well made and durable

    Customer Video Review Length:: 2:34 MinsI was very happy when I received this softbox, along with another Fotodiox softbox which I will be reviewing separately, as a gift. It provides excellent light, packs very flat, and is extremely well made and durable. Best part is, it's huge. With a 400 Watt studio light I can light whole people with that excellent, wraparound light that you get from a softbox. And, since it is very transportable I can take it this outstanding modifier wherever I go. It's like having portable sunlight!My only "issue" was that it took a bit longer to set up than I would like. The annoyance is you need to feed eight metal rods into the adapter and they can get jumbled up as you are trying to do that. At home it's not that big an issue but if I'm setting up in front of someone the last thing I want them to see is me wrestling with equipment. Fortunately I was able to come up with a simple and inexpensive fix that allows me to go from bag to completely set up... 5/5 Bob Tobias "Robert Tobias" (Arlington, VA USA) - See all my reviews, May 21, 2012

    48" Fotodiox Octobox

    I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... 5/5 Charles Edward - See all my reviews This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox, 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light (Electronics) I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 29, 2011

    GOOD VALUE

    I battled for awhile with myself trying to figure out whether to get THIS Fotodiox octobox for $65, or to cough up the $160 for the Paul C. Buff octobox for my Alien Bee strobe. i thought to myself, "if it costs a hundred bucks more, it's at least twice as good?!" Being that I am not a pro yet, I'm foolish enough to think that MAYBE, just maybe Paul C. Buff is over-priced and that the Fotodiox octobox would be just as good. Afterall, it's not like I have a million shoots a year where I'm constantly taking the octobox down and putting it back up. BUT, I can say, this thing is constructed really well and if I did, I don't think I would have a problem. By the time this thing would fail, I'd have way more than enough money to purchase the Paul C. Buff octobox. I may not know octoboxes all that well, but I know crappy second-rate material when I see it...THAT DOES NOT APPLY HERE. It's thick and sturdy. It also has an extra diffuser layer, so you can diffuse the light using both panels or... 4/5 Ty Pleas Fotographie - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox soft box Octbox, 70" with Speedring Speed ring for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light (Electronics) I battled for awhile with myself trying to figure out whether to get THIS Fotodiox octobox for $65, or to cough up the $160 for the Paul C. Buff octobox for my Alien Bee strobe. i thought to myself, "if it costs a hundred bucks more, it's at least twice as good?!" Being that I am not a pro yet, I'm foolish enough to think that MAYBE, just maybe Paul C. Buff is over-priced and that the Fotodiox octobox would be just as good. Afterall, it's not like I have a million shoots a year where I'm constantly taking the octobox down and putting it back up. BUT, I can say, this thing is constructed really well and if I did, I don't think I would have a problem. By the time this thing would fail, I'd have way more than enough money to purchase the Paul C. Buff octobox. I may not know octoboxes all that well, but I know crappy second-rate material when I see it...THAT DOES NOT APPLY HERE. It's thick and sturdy. It also has an extra diffuser layer, so you can diffuse the light using both panels or... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 30, 2010
    List Price: $56.95
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty


  • Neewer

    NEEWER 750W Professional Photographic Studio Strobe Flash Light Kit - Barn Door, Soft Box, Umbrellas, Stands, Lamps, Trigger & More

    Photography (Neewer)
    List Price: $519.95
    Price: $259.45
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    Excellent for professionals or ameture photographers alike.
    This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial, scientific and technical photography, photographic reproduction
    Complete kit at an incredible price!


  • Cowboy Studio

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

    Photography (Cowboy Studio)
    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 Beauty Dish, 16" for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light, B400. B800, B1600

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)
    List Price: $99.95
    Price: $32.95
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    24 Month Manufacturer Warranty
    80 degree reflector dish
    Special flash bracket designed specifically for Flash / Speedlite with a hot shoe mount.


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Softbox, 32" x 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (89 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Absolutely terrible

    0 1/5 Tyler Jordan - See all my reviews, January 5, 2010

    Similar experience: cheap build and hard to setup

    I purchased this softbox hoping for a good bargain, having used only small hotshoe-flash-mounted softboxes in the past. I read other reviews about problems setting up and found that cowboy studios has a series of videos on utube showing how to set things up. I watched the video and decided it shouldn't be too hard. As to reading instructions, it came with none so the video is really important.But in reality, the first time was a bit difficult. 2 of the holes that hold the bars have already crumbled away during the first setup. Once I got everything together, it seemed like a reasonably decent softbox. I'm afraid I didn't get to try it out because my kid came down with a cold.Given the damage sustained on the first setup, I find it hard to believe that this softbox will last more than 1 or 2 setups.I'll try the setup again, but something tells me that I'm going to wind up spending a bit more for a name-brand softbox and hope I have better... 2/5 SomeNYCGuy - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I purchased this softbox hoping for a good bargain, having used only small hotshoe-flash-mounted softboxes in the past. I read other reviews about problems setting up and found that cowboy studios has a series of videos on utube showing how to set things up. I watched the video and decided it shouldn't be too hard. As to reading instructions, it came with none so the video is really important.But in reality, the first time was a bit difficult. 2 of the holes that hold the bars have already crumbled away during the first setup. Once I got everything together, it seemed like a reasonably decent softbox. I'm afraid I didn't get to try it out because my kid came down with a cold.Given the damage sustained on the first setup, I find it hard to believe that this softbox will last more than 1 or 2 setups.I'll try the setup again, but something tells me that I'm going to wind up spending a bit more for a name-brand softbox and hope I have better... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 5, 2010

    An Outstanding Value

    0 5/5 dankrecklow (Wisconsin, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Softbox, 32" x 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light (Electronics) First let me say that I received the item in 3 days with standard free shipping with all parts intact in good condition. My expectations for this item were fairly high based on the reviews I found for other fotodiox softboxes. Simply put, this item exceeded my wildest expectations! For the price I paid, I am particularly impressed with the quality of the materials used.Initial assembly was quick, taking less than 10 minutes. I don't expect it to take more than 2 or 3 minutes in the future, but there weren't instructions and I was extremely cautious in putting it together. The softbox fit securely on my Alien Bee flash, and my initial test shots show fairly even lighting. I always wondered why softboxes were so expensive and I was seriously contemplating a d.i.y. build. This solved that for me. Amazon and fotodiox will definitely be another of my 'go to' sources for basic equipment. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 26, 2011
    List Price: $54.95
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric


  • Yanyee International, Inc.

    CowboyStudio GODOX Pro Photography Studio Monolight Strobe Photo Flash SpeedLight 300WS Light

    Photography (Yanyee International, Inc.)
    List Price: $118.00

    One (1) Packet Box
    One (1) Instruction Manual
    One (1) Sync Cord, One (1) Power Cord
    One (1) 300WS Godox Smart Studio Flash
    One (1) Modeling Light


  • Studio-98

    Studio-98 HAIR LIGHT 8"x36" SOFTBOX + GRID + SPEEDRING FIT ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640

    Photography (Studio-98)

    Rating (5 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Studio-98

    Good for the price

    0 4/5 joe moss - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Studio-98 HAIR LIGHT 8"x36" SOFTBOX + GRID + SPEEDRING FIT ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640 (Electronics) This, like many soft boxes, can be frustrating to put together. It's always a little tricky to get the rods bent in the speedring just right. But I did like how the inner edge of the soft box has a generous amount of velcro on it. The diffusion screens could have been just a touch bigger but the egg crate fits on there nicely. This product does diffuse and narrow the light moderately, but I was hoping that it would be of a "grid" effect than it had. Nonetheless, it will be my main hairlight for awhile. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 27, 2013

    Perfect Hair or Kicker Light

    0 5/5 Amazon Customer (Folsom, CA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Studio-98 HAIR LIGHT 8"x36" SOFTBOX + GRID + SPEEDRING FIT ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640 (Electronics) Softbox works great as a hair light or kicker. I like being able to feather the light. Very light weight softbox and easy to control. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 20, 2014

    Better than expected construction but not easy to assemble

    0 4/5 BigGuyChris2000 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Studio-98 HAIR LIGHT 8"x36" SOFTBOX + GRID + SPEEDRING FIT ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640 (Electronics) Arrived in good shape and on-time. Better than expected construction and works well. Would have given it 5 stars but assemble is not quick and easy. If you are going to leave it assembled, it works great. Using it for photographing individuals and masking images out for composite images. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 21, 2014
    One stitched grid: 50 degree beam width, each grid is 2"x2"
    Recessed softbox with Velcro edges
    Speedring for Alien Bees, White Lightning or Einstein Flash Light
    Two white translucent recessed front screen with velcro edges.
    One white translucent baffle screen.


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