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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.



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  • Neewer

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

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (100 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Neewer

    Not bad for $400, folks.

    I am a semi-professional photographer, and I was looking for some lightweight, cheap strobes of decent power. These are budget strobes from the get-go, if you want professional products, you have to pay professional prices. Look at Broncolor or Profoto if you want high quality. Everything was well packed, but one of my strobes was dead on arrival. Sent it out, received it back in about a week. The plastic on everything is about average to better quality, nothing to call home about, but it gets the job done. I'll go down a list of the items.The strobes are adequately powerful for shooting through an umbrella or softbox in sub-7 ft distances at around 1/200 and f/8 at minimum power. The dial in the back has a 2-stop variability. This is NOT a lot of latitude when shooting, but it's not a make-or-break kind of thing for me. I calculated this simply by shooting at f/8 on minimum power and checking the histogram until it matched up, and it matched at f/16... 5/5 Jimmy Lamont (Tampa, Florida) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit 900W - Photographic Lighting - Strobes, Barn Doors, Light Stands, Triggers, Umbrellas, Soft Box (Electronics) I am a semi-professional photographer, and I was looking for some lightweight, cheap strobes of decent power. These are budget strobes from the get-go, if you want professional products, you have to pay professional prices. Look at Broncolor or Profoto if you want high quality. Everything was well packed, but one of my strobes was dead on arrival. Sent it out, received it back in about a week. The plastic on everything is about average to better quality, nothing to call home about, but it gets the job done. I'll go down a list of the items.The strobes are adequately powerful for shooting through an umbrella or softbox in sub-7 ft distances at around 1/200 and f/8 at minimum power. The dial in the back has a 2-stop variability. This is NOT a lot of latitude when shooting, but it's not a make-or-break kind of thing for me. I calculated this simply by shooting at f/8 on minimum power and checking the histogram until it matched up, and it matched at f/16... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 19, 2010

    Excellent value with a few minor qubbles

    I needed a simple 'LIGHT' and portable studio to cart around for outside my studio shoots.This is one heck of a value and you cannot go wrong.I am amazed it is so inexpensive.The strobes are fast recharging and the quality for the money is excellent.If you want studio grade, you will need a fat wallet and a strong back. There is no reason to buy a $2000 set to bang around other than for ego.Let me address the 'quibbles' others have mentioned.1) Diffusor assembly. Keep the diffusor boxes assembled and you will only have to put them together one time. Who wants to keep reassembling them anyway - time is wasted on a shoot doing this. Take your time putting them together. It takes only a few minutes. They are simple to put together and do not need instructions (fat end of rods go in the strobe collars). Only beef is the Velcro in the rectangular box does not have the 'other half' to stabilize the ribs. So I went to the... 5/5 William - See all my reviews This review is from: Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit 900W - Photographic Lighting - Strobes, Barn Doors, Light Stands, Triggers, Umbrellas, Soft Box (Electronics) I needed a simple 'LIGHT' and portable studio to cart around for outside my studio shoots.This is one heck of a value and you cannot go wrong.I am amazed it is so inexpensive.The strobes are fast recharging and the quality for the money is excellent.If you want studio grade, you will need a fat wallet and a strong back. There is no reason to buy a $2000 set to bang around other than for ego.Let me address the 'quibbles' others have mentioned.1) Diffusor assembly. Keep the diffusor boxes assembled and you will only have to put them together one time. Who wants to keep reassembling them anyway - time is wasted on a shoot doing this. Take your time putting them together. It takes only a few minutes. They are simple to put together and do not need instructions (fat end of rods go in the strobe collars). Only beef is the Velcro in the rectangular box does not have the 'other half' to stabilize the ribs. So I went to the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 5, 2011

    900w Neewer kit

    0 4/5 Phot_newbee - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) Bought this kit along with some other equipment to shot a friends senior portraits. I'm having a lot of fun with them. They are not built to pro quality but, they are not pro priced.Everything went together well, flashes work in master and slave mode quite well. With the trigger on my D90 I can use a sync speed of 1/160 of a second. I use 1/125 just to be on the safe side. Everything in the kit is pretty intuitive and no instructions are really needed. Where would the challenge be if they told you everything you need to know!If you are going to make a living with Photography, not probably the set for you. If you are doing light work and a home studio on a budget, this is perfect. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 7, 2011
    List Price: $578.95
    Price: $328.30
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    1 Year Warranty
    Professional Studio Lighting Kit 900W
    Three 300W lights and tons of accessories
    100% BRAND NEW
    This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial


  • Fotodiox Inc.

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

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (167 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

    Great big softbox. Hard set up. Good results.

    Customer Video Review Length:: 4:20 MinsRecently, I've been trying to find ways to improve my photography at my home studio. In the past, I used my new Alien Bee 800 with either a shoot-through or a reflective umbrella. The results were not too good using a white wall as a background. Hard shadows affected the composition of the portrait and faces always ended up a bit shiny. So I decided to invest in a good but affordable softbox. I went to Amazon and decided on the Fotodiox Pro 48" Octagon Softbox based on good reviews and price (only $50).As usual, after buying a new piece of equipment or accessory, I recorded a video review of the product so other potential buyers can benefit from it. I had to split my videos into two parts due to length. You can find both of them in my youtube channel. I posted part 2 here in Amazon because it includes the review section.Let's start with the materials. The main part of the softbox is made of heavy duty leather-ish heat resistant... 4/5 debaserphoto - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox, 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light (Electronics), February 27, 2014
    List Price: $56.95
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric


  • Neewer

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

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (91 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Neewer

    Works well for it's price, got some pretty awesome results with it.

    I did a class recently in Atlanta showcasing what you could do with a cheap strobe nowadays and bought this one. The bottom line is it works well and you can get amazing results, but don't expect much from the build quality.I found the strobe plasticy to the touch, the umbrella holder is tension based and not screw based, and adjusting the tilt of the light very clackity. If held at certain angles the Phottix II stratos used to trigger the light for the class didn't fire the light, so don't know if there's an issue with the sync port or not, just happened consistently.During use those the light worked extremely well and produced consistent results. I've attached a few shots from the event up to show the results you can get using this $50 light, a $30 umbrella modifier, and a $20 craigslist special 100-200 lens.At $50 I would say this is a no brainer of a buy for anyone interested in starting studio lighting, or having an extra light as a kicker... 4/5 Trent Chau Photography "Photographer" (Atlanta) - 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) I did a class recently in Atlanta showcasing what you could do with a cheap strobe nowadays and bought this one. The bottom line is it works well and you can get amazing results, but don't expect much from the build quality.I found the strobe plasticy to the touch, the umbrella holder is tension based and not screw based, and adjusting the tilt of the light very clackity. If held at certain angles the Phottix II stratos used to trigger the light for the class didn't fire the light, so don't know if there's an issue with the sync port or not, just happened consistently.During use those the light worked extremely well and produced consistent results. I've attached a few shots from the event up to show the results you can get using this $50 light, a $30 umbrella modifier, and a $20 craigslist special 100-200 lens.At $50 I would say this is a no brainer of a buy for anyone interested in starting studio lighting, or having an extra light as a kicker... Read more, May 8, 2014

    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
    List Price: $79.95
    1 x 180W Strobe light
    1 x 75W Modeling bulb
    1x Power cable
    Professional Studio Flash Strobe Light 180W
    1x Sync cable


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox 10DISH-16-AB-kit 16-Inch Pro Beauty Dish Kit with Honeycomb Grid for Alien Bees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800 and B1600

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (12 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Great budget buy

    0 5/5 Gabe - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox 10DISH-16-AB-kit 16-Inch Pro Beauty Dish Kit with Honeycomb Grid for Alien Bees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800 and B1600 (Electronics) Got this for my Alien Bee 1600. I did not want to an expensive dish so I went with Fotodix. So far it looks and works like it's supposed to. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 15, 2013

    Nice Surprise

    0 5/5 Tialar - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox 10DISH-16-AB-kit 16-Inch Pro Beauty Dish Kit with Honeycomb Grid for Alien Bees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800 and B1600 (Electronics) Love the Beauty Dishes. The are a excellent addition to my lighting modifiers. Would highly recommend them to all the Alien Bee users.Buy 2. You won't be disappointed. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 24, 2012

    Does the job

    0 5/5 Rich - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox 10DISH-16-AB-kit 16-Inch Pro Beauty Dish Kit with Honeycomb Grid for Alien Bees, Strobe Flash Light B400, B800 and B1600 (Electronics) A little bit rough around the edges meaning that it is not perfectly round around the rim and wavy. Otherwise it works as advertised. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 30, 2014
    List Price: $179.95
    Price: $59.95
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    Included speedring inserts for you light.
    Included white diffuser cover, and detachable 50 degree honeycomb grid
    24 Month Manufacture Warranty
    80 degree reflector dish in heavy duty construction.


  • Cowboy Studio

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

    Photography (Cowboy Studio)
    List Price: $150.00

    This strobe comes with 3 colors, red, blue and grey
    It is a one 400 Watt second strobe light.


  • Yanyee International, Inc.

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

    Photography (Yanyee International, Inc.)
    List Price: $118.00
    Price: $95.55
    You Save: $22.45 (19%)

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


  • Neewer

    Neewer® Photography Photo Studio Lighting Kit 900W - (3) 300W Smart Studio Flash Strobe Lights, (3) 190CM Light Stands, Black Silver 33" Umbrellas, 50x70cm Soft Box, RT-16 Wireless Trigger & Receiver Set, Barn Door Small with 4 Color Honeycomb Grid & Gel

    Photography (Neewer)
    List Price: $629.98
    Price: $334.77
    You Save: $295.21 (47%)

    Three(3) 300W Smart 300SDI Studio Flash Strobe Light Lamp Head
    One(1) Barn door with 4 color Honeycomb Grid & Gel ( White, blue, red, yellow )
    One(1) Wireless studio flash RT-16 16 channel trigger & receiver
    Three(3) 6.23ft/190cm aluminum light stand for studio and on-site use
    Two(2) High Quality 33" Black/Silver Umbrella, Two(2) 22.5x52x3cm Softbox


  • Life of Photo

    Studio-98 32" x 48" (80x120cm) Rectangular Softbox and Speedring Kit Fit ALIEN BEES ALIENBEES B400 B800 B1600 WHITE LIGHTNING X800 X1600 EINSTEIN E640 Soft box tank

    Photography (Life of Photo)

    One white diffuser front screen with velcro edges. Grid is Not mountable on this box.
    One white diffuser inner baffle screen to further sotften light.
    One speedring is included for Alien Bees, White Lightning or Einstein Flash Light
    32" x 48" (80x120cm) Medium Size Rectangular Softbox. 19" deep. Good to turn harsh flash light into soft, difffused light for portraits.
    4 steel support rods and a carrying bag. Easy assembly.


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  • LimoStudio

    LimoStudio 750W (250W x 3) Professional Photography Studio Flash Strobe Light Lighting Kit Equipment Set, AGG404

    Photography (LimoStudio)

    Rating (41 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    LimoStudio

    Great Studio at a modest price

    0 5/5 Timothy Price (Corrales, NM USA) - See all my reviews, January 22, 2013

    Great for the price.

    0 4/5 Pch Enterprises Inc "Paul" (Kansas City) - See all my reviews, June 9, 2014

    Not bad for the money

    0 4/5 Marc52865 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: LimoStudio 750W (250W x 3) Professional Photography Studio Flash Strobe Light Lighting Kit Equipment Set, AGG404 (Camera) Would have given 3.5 stars but can't they are not heavy duty but work well the hardest thing is putting the soft boxes together I'm not a build it kind of person it took me a while, it came with no instructions! But over all as a starter kit I love it! Everything worked not damaged when I got it! It came fast! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 14, 2013
    List Price: $588.97
    Price: $243.38
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    (1) x Durable Convenient Carry Case
    (1) x Barndoor, Honey Comb, 4 Color Gels | (2) x Universal speed ring | (1) x Flash/Strobe Light Wireless Trigger | (3) x Flash/Strobe Light Wireless Receivers
    (2) x 33" Black/Silver Diffuser Umbrella - High quality nylon, 75% reflection & 25% transmission, Silver Color: for contrast and increase highlights
    (3) x 86" Light Stand - aluminum alloy, adjustable 30" - 86", durable & lightweight
    (3) x 250W Photo Studio Monolight Flash/Strobe Light w/ Free Model Flash Light Bulb | (2) x LimoStudio Softbox Reflector


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