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

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

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (81 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    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 I. Levy - See all my reviews, June 5, 2011

    Works for me

    0 4/5 October Way "October Way" - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I bought this kit months ago for school, and never had to use them until early this week. I handed in an assignment with great results. I am still learning lighting, but this is a great starter kit for the price and my student budget. There are directions but it helps if you have already trained on other professional lighting kits first. The cords/plugs that came with my lights were simply grounded - there is nothing "unusual" about them, so I'm not understanding the other review here. You just plug one end of the cord into the lighting unit and the other into - I use a power bar (for power tools) - an outlet that is suited for the plug. Every outlet in my house could handle these. I hope the kit lasts a while, it seems to work fine. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 21, 2011
    List Price: $578.95
    Price: $339.45
    You Save: $239.50 (41%)
    Professional Studio Lighting Kit 900W
    This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial
    1 Year Warranty
    100% BRAND NEW
    Three 300W lights and tons of accessories


  • Neewer

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

    Photography (Neewer)
    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).
    The Studio Light is providing you with a Continues Lamp and Flash Function.It will work as main light, back light or hair light.
    This is a 300ws Flash Strobe (master/slave strobe).


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    Super Bee [Explicit]

    Digital Music Track (Alien Snatch/No Balls)


  • YONHB

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

    Photography (YONHB)
    List Price: $69.99

    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.
    The flat, one-piece plastic screen has been replaced.
    2.36 x 7.48 x 3.07
    Black
    The Same Features as the 1st. generation YN-560


  • Neewer

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

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (67 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    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

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


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

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (142 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    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
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish, 16" for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light, B400. B800, B1600

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (7 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Great!

    0 5/5 Byron Taylor "BTSculptor" - See all my reviews, January 8, 2014

    Great addition

    0 5/5 Warren A. Edwards "w edwards" (tucson az) - See all my reviews, August 16, 2012

    Pretty good dish!

    0 4/5 R. E. Ortega - See all my reviews This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish, 16" for Alien Bees Strobe Flash Light, B400. B800, B1600 (Electronics) Fit's my Alien Bees strobe, it pretty much produce a perfect beauty dish effect but I think 16" is not big enough so I ordered a bigger size. I just like this dish for single subject and I wouldn't recommend a group shot but two subjects I think are manageable. Overall I rated this 4 stars. It's worth the money. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 19, 2014
    List Price: $99.95
    Price: $38.95
    You Save: $61.00 (61%)
    24 Month Manufacturer Warranty
    Special flash bracket designed specifically for Flash / Speedlite with a hot shoe mount.
    80 degree reflector dish


  • 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)
    List Price: $599.95
    Price: $199.95
    You Save: $400.00 (67%)

    Opening for lights on both side for even hi-key background
    Suitable to use as a large softbank
    5'x7' Highkey Background Kit
    Stand on Wheel for Studio Placement


  • Visico

    EINSTEIN Folding Portable Octagonal Softbox 80cm w Grid AlienBee AlienBees Alien Bee EZ

    Photography (Visico)

    Rating (1 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Visico

    Sturdy, works well and way easier to set up than Fotodiox octoboxes

    I didn't see a review when I bought this, so I sort of jumped without looking when I got it. This usually ends very poorly for me. I'm happy to report, this isn't one of those times.I previously had a different bargain Photodiox octobox I got off Amazon. The Photodiox was great when it was set up, but if you change locations a lot, not at all. It was super difficult to put together. I was always afraid of ripping it or breaking one of the poles. It was scary to the point of "if this breaks while putting it together I could seriously injure myself". It now sits unused in my basement.I bought this because it seemed like set up would be easier, and boy is it ever. There is a lever inside that you simply pop open between each support. The last one takes a fair amount of pressure to get open, but no where near as bad as my old one. It has a nice Velcro on diffuser and grid included, as well as a really nice bag it all fits into. Of course, you lose a few... 5/5 Luxowell - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: EINSTEIN Folding Portable Octagonal Softbox 80cm w Grid AlienBee AlienBees Alien Bee EZ (Electronics) I didn't see a review when I bought this, so I sort of jumped without looking when I got it. This usually ends very poorly for me. I'm happy to report, this isn't one of those times.I previously had a different bargain Photodiox octobox I got off Amazon. The Photodiox was great when it was set up, but if you change locations a lot, not at all. It was super difficult to put together. I was always afraid of ripping it or breaking one of the poles. It was scary to the point of "if this breaks while putting it together I could seriously injure myself". It now sits unused in my basement.I bought this because it seemed like set up would be easier, and boy is it ever. There is a lever inside that you simply pop open between each support. The last one takes a fair amount of pressure to get open, but no where near as bad as my old one. It has a nice Velcro on diffuser and grid included, as well as a really nice bag it all fits into. Of course, you lose a few... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 7, 2014
    Guaranteed to 100% lock in Einstein Flash
    Metal speed ring w replaceable O6 6" mounting flange.
    Folding Softbox. Easy assembly.
    Includes Honeycomb Grid
    Includes inner baffle (diffuser) & nylon carrying case.


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