I think I am finally going to break down and get a traditional studio flash setup. Ive been using five vivitar 285 flashes in my studio to keep things portable, but the vivitars have been failing me and instead of keep buying new ones I think ill just invest in some strobes. The only problem is I dont have a ton of knoweldge on strobes themselves. I have an understanding on light ratio's, positioning, etc, just not the strobes itself.
I dont want to spend a ton of money, since money is tight, we just had a baby and with a baby comes bills.
I am thinking of getting something like this:
but I got a feeling its missing something, I notice in some of the more expensive packages there something that looks like a car battery, I think its a power pack? Im not to familiar with this and its something im going to have to research some more.
My question is it has three 100 watt/second flashes, is that the same thing as a three 100 watt light bulbs? If so I dont see how that would be enough light with out shooting at iso 1600 at F2.8. But looking at the specs, it says its guide number is 105, and im use to my vivitar 285's which have a gn of 110. so watt/seconds and watts are not comparable?
When I first opened my studio, I played with the idea of using regular light bulbs in two towers and even with 12 or 15 cfl lights, each being the equivalent of 100 watts, it still wasnt enough light to photograph at with out using iso 800.
I know alot of people will probably strongly suggest buying a $1000+ set, but I just cant afford that. My budget is around $350. its a small studio, about 10' wide, 9' tall and 15' long. I prefer to shoot at iso 100 but im ok with using an iso upto 400 to help compensate for weaker flashes while still giving me a range of apertures to use between F4 and F11.
I'll appreciate any feedback and suggestions for studio lighting on a budget.