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Old 11th of January 2012 (Wed)   #1
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Default White Lightning Strobe

I have a chance to buy a 600w White Lightning strobe with stand for $50. Is this a good deal? I have only done outdoor portrait photography, and want to start doing some indoor stuff but know nothing about lighting. Would a pocket wizzard work with this? Or what else will I need besides an umbrella or softbox.
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They are decent lights. They are basically the "pro" version of Alien Bees.

They have a port for triggering so they'll work with just about any basic trigger.

You will of course want a modifier. Umbrella or soft box or octa box or whatever you choose.
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Thanks, Ken. What is a modifier? ( sorry) I dont' know.
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Like I said, "Umbrella or soft box or octa box or whatever you choose."

You can use just the bare light which is fine for some things but for most uses you will want to use something that modifies to the light source into something much larger and softer.
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Thanks, Ken. What is a modifier? ( sorry) I dont' know.
That was just short for light modifier which u do know. Example: an umbrella, beauty dish or octobox.
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Thanks guys, What will work with those for triggering the light?
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They are triggered by a basic PC sync so pretty much any wireless trigger can be made to work.
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Gottcha! Thanks. I have a LOT to learn. LOL
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Which model of white lightning strobe is that? the WL 5000 or 10000 are really old and not as versatile as the others. But anyway for $50 you are not taking a big risk.

Any flash trigger with a 6.25 jack will work. The best would be the Paul C Buff cybersync series (CST, CSR+ and CyberCommander). You will then be able to remote control the power of the strobes (but not with the WL 5000 or 10000 if I remember correctly)
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After you get the light, a stand, an umbrella, and some way to trigger it, your next purchase should be a good flash meter. Get that before you add more lights and make things complicated.
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The WL-5000 and WL-10000 units are like the Energizer Bunny, they just keep going and going. Paul C. Buff also still stocks parts like flash tubes.

The units have optical sensors so they can be triggered with a very inexpensive infra red trigger. I use a Yin Yan which is foolproof and cost less than twenty bucks.

I like these old units when I shoot my dogs because I just love the quality of the lighting they produce.

I either use a reflective umbrella or a shoot through umbrella.

The WL units have an umbrella rod slot built in.

This is what my setup for dog protraits looks like...



And these are some of the results from that setup...



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The units have optical sensors so they can be triggered with a very inexpensive infra red trigger. I use a Yin Yan which is foolproof and cost less than twenty bucks.
Are you sure that they are triggered by infared light? I was always under the impression that the slaves were optical, so they'd be triggered by a flash of light going off (Another flash unit)
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Yes they are optical, yes they are triggered by another flash going off, and yes they can be triggered by an infrared trigger as well.

Infrared light is ... light.
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