Studio flash advice needed

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Gord, Aug 15, 2003.

  1. Gord

    Gord Guest

    I plan to purchase a basic flash setup in the very near future and
    have decided on an Interfit system based around 2 heads 250 joules
    each. However, I have a choice of accessories that come with the kit.
    One supplier is offering a translucent brolly and a softbox, while
    another is offering a translucent brolly and a silver brolly.
    As I am new to this area of photography I would be very grateful if
    anyone could offer me any advice on which set of accessories to go for
    and any advantages/disadvantages to consider.
    Many thanks
    Gord, Aug 15, 2003
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    JunkMonkey Guest

    OK, I'm thinking a brolly is an umbrella. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Translucent umbrellas and softboxes are specialized equipment for
    specialized shooting requirements. If you are a beginner, I would
    personally recommend two white or silver umbrellas ( I personally lean
    towards white over silver, the light is a tad softer but either are OK),
    you need to learn the basics of lighting first.

    I can't imagine a dealer not jumping at the chance to substitute these
    umbrellas for the more expensive translucent umbrella and the softbox. They
    are generally cheaper, his/her profit is going to be higher. maybe they can
    throw in a book on lighting technique as well.
    JunkMonkey, Aug 15, 2003
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    Mark C Guest

    Do not buy anything until you check out the Alien Bee system from Paul Bluff
    Inc (a division of White Lightning).

    I just purchased 2 - B800's.....a hexagonal (sp?) soft box, umbrella, boom,
    and a heavy weight stand..for less than $ will save on tax if you
    are not a residient of TN.......The B400's are comparable if not more power
    than the Interfit 250;'s....and my package would have been only $700 had I
    gone with them.

    Check out their web site or call Lori at Alien Bees.

    Good luck,
    Mark C
    Nashville TN
    Mark C, Aug 15, 2003
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    RB News Guest


    I assume from your e-mail address that you're in the UK - I recently sent for
    literature on Alien Bees and whilst the basic system seems OK (if a bit
    old-fashuioned looking by European standards), like too many US manufacturers
    they seem to overlook the fact that most of the rest of the world uses 220V - the
    only way to use their system over here is by buying their expensive and bulky
    portable power systems, unfortunately.

    RB News, Aug 15, 2003
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    B. Peg Guest

    Check out Photoflex for your
    lighting accessories. Really good support. I added the casters to all my
    Photoflex studio stands and they are worth there weight in gold for
    positioning. Get the heaviest stands you can afford. I agree with what was
    said about umbrellas. Get the large ones too as they do concentrate light
    and I found the small ones do have hot spots in full length shots. The
    umbrellas are cheap and mine are some ultrabright whites and I have a couple
    of silvers too. I have Moonlights which are a circular instead of the
    square or rectangular softboxes and they provide better (circular)
    catchlights in the subjects eyes or on glassware. Never did care for the
    rectangular ones as they seemed to have hot spots that were readable off the
    flashmeter (get one, maybe the Minolta Flashmeter series).
    My lights are Paul Buff's Ultra series that I run wirelessly off the
    camera's IR tripper strobe to the Paul Buff computer sych. Works great, no
    wires to step on, and with their modeling lamps
    "what-you-see-is-what-you-get." You don't need their 5200 degree Kelvin
    flashtubes. Jus tget their daylights and you'll be okay. The 5200's were
    designed for the bluishness of Ektachrome film but I find them too yellowish
    with digital. Nice stuff.

    Good luck.

    B. Peg, Aug 16, 2003
  6. Gord

    Gord Guest

    On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 13:59:10 +0100, Gord <>

    Many thanks for your replies.
    I have taken on board the advice regarding umbrellas and other forms
    of reflectors/diffusers. Unfortunately regarding the lighting systems
    mentioned, I live in the UK and I am not sure that they are available
    over here, or at least, not that I could find.
    Gord, Aug 17, 2003
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