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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 ...

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

AC9 AlienBees Adapter - PocketWizard
PocketWizard radio systems enable untethered triggering between all of the components of your photographic imaging system, no matter how simple or complex your remote ...

Alien Bees B1600 with Large Octabox - YouTube
Short demo of my recently purchased Alien Bees B1600 studio strobe with a Paul C. Buff / Alien Bees large octabox. Triggered using PocketWizard MiniTT1 and ...

Strobist: Ray Flash vs. Orbis vs. AlienBees ABR800 Review ...
Last week, we looked at the Orbis and Ray Flash, which pretty much compete head-to-head in the ring flash adapter arena. This week, we take a closer look at the ...


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  • Neewer

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

    Photography (Neewer)
    List Price: $578.95
    Price: $321.96
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    Three 300W lights and tons of accessories
    Professional Studio Lighting Kit 900W
    1 Year Warranty
    100% BRAND NEW
    This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial, scientific and technical photography and much more!


  • Neewer

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

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (112 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    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
    1x Sync cable
    1x Power cable
    Professional Studio Flash Strobe Light 180W
    1 x 75W Modeling bulb


  • Neewer

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

    Photography (Neewer)
    List Price: $142.95
    Price: $75.50
    You Save: $67.45 (47%)

    100% BRAND NEW!! 1 Year Warranty!
    NEW! Professional Studio Flash Strobe Light 300W
    It will work as main light, back light or hair light and comes with an easy-to-use umbrella holder.
    The Studio Light is providing you with a Continues Lamp and Flash Function.


  • Fotodiox Inc.

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

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (174 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
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric
    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
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source


  • Yanyee International, Inc.

    CowboyStudio 36" 16 Rods Octagon Softbox for Alien Bee Monolight Strobe Studio

    Photography (Yanyee International, Inc.)

    Rating (1 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Yanyee International, Inc.

    A pretty good deal for a large-ish diffuser! You'll definitely need to get your Zen on to put it together!

    Not an Octagon, but a Hexadecagon!I was looking for a big diffuser and lept upon this one because it seemed like a good deal. And it's actually pretty good. Not too expensive, not too small. But it's probably not going to be making too many trips with me. The ONLY problem that I have with it (which is more indicative of my inexperience, than the product itself) is: once it's put together, you're not going to want to break it down for storage or transport. Again, not a flaw of the product, but my expectations.The attached shot is with the diffuser on a StudioPro SDX400, cranked down to 1.6. From the front of the diffuser to the model is approx. 10 feet, shot (quick and dirty) with an 11-16 mm lens from 2-3 feet away. I like that this allows me to get close without casting a great, harsh shadow on my subject. Not what I'd do every time, but I just wanted to do a quick experiment.I saw from the photos that I'd have to assemble it myself, but... 4/5 Patrick D. Crowe "Geek extraordinaire" (SLC, Utah) - See all my reviews, April 14, 2015
    List Price: $78.00
    Included diffusers will allow for a soft-look while the grid can assist you with glare reduction.
    Made of durable high quality material
    NOTE: Strobe, stand are not included. You can purchase them from our store separately.
    One (1) Soft box, Sixteen (16) Rods, One (1) Alien Bee Speedring, One (1) Inner Diffuser, One (1) Outer Diffuser, One (1) Carry Case
    Diameter of the octa box is 36"


  • 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.


  • 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 (14 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    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
    You Save: $120.00 (67%)
    Included speedring inserts for you light.
    80 degree reflector dish in heavy duty construction.
    Included white diffuser cover, and detachable 50 degree honeycomb grid
    24 Month Manufacture Warranty


  • 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 (14 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Studio-98

    Impressive

    0 5/5 JN (USA) - 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) I am impressed. The speedring is solid, strip & grid are very effective. Setup for the stripbox was fairly easy and quick. The grid takes a little more time to get it perfect -- just keep the velcro matched up. Grid works well, in my opinion. Color temp warms 200-300 deg. Kelvin, as expected for any softbox, but also lowers green by about 1/8 minusgreen gel. I measured 1 stop lower versus the 7" reflector on my AB800, which was better than I expected. Thus, Inside is very reflective. Bottom-line: no regrets, great quality, better value than name brands. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 2, 2014

    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

    Lightweight, Heat Resistant, Controllable Backlight with Speedring

    This softbox comes with two diffusers, a fabric grid, a speedring and a case. The four rods are 1/8" spring steel with ends that make them larger to fit into 8mm holes in the speedring.The fabric is stiff, with an aluminumized interior and black exterior. Two small heat vents are cut into the long sides (most likely the upper and lower sides) with little velcro doors so you can open or close them as required depending on how hot your modelling lights are.The speedring comes with a removable Alien Bees steel insert. The insert has an outer diameter of 5.967" (151.5mm). The inner hole is 3.44" (87.5mm). (You'd think there would be some sort of standard diameter for speedrings so a variety of inner adapters could be interchanged with various speedrings. No such luck. Apparently their diameters and adapters are all over the place.)Softboxes can be floppy things when broken down. Rods can separate and get lost. I have found it's good to sew... 4/5 Daniel A. Koblosh (Redondo Beach, CA USA) - See all my reviews, January 1, 2015
    Two white translucent recessed front screen with velcro edges.
    Recessed softbox with Velcro edges
    One stitched grid: 50 degree beam width, each grid is 2"x2"
    Speedring for Alien Bees, White Lightning or Einstein Flash Light
    One white translucent baffle screen.


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Universal Barn door Barndoor Kit with Honeycomb grid (45 Degree) and Color Gels for Alien Bees Alienbees Strobe Light with 5.5" - 7" Reflector

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)
    List Price: $22.95

    Includes a 24 Month Manufacturer Warranty
    Includes a grid and multiple color gels
    Adjustable reflector mount 5.5"-7"


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