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How do monolights mount?

 
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May 14, 2013 22:34 |  #1

A few of you may have seen my post this morning about having trouble with headshots for work due to the lack of equipment (my kit is set up for sports, not studio).

Anyways, HR wasn't too excited with the shadows I was getting and wanted to look for other options. After getting a quote for $50/person, they came back to me and offered to buy studio lighting (I'm not really sure if it's "mine" or the "companies" especially since no one else has the remote triggers....)

I have a pretty limited budget -- I was thinking of getting 2 Flashpoint II 320M from Adorama, plus stands and 2 umbrellas (do I get reflective or shoot through?)

Will any stand work? How do the monolights mount to the stand itself? Is it via hotshoe type mounting, or screw?

I'm thinking 2x160WS would be enough for indoor shots right?


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May 14, 2013 22:45 |  #2

Strobes usually sit on top of the light stand over the stud. You don't need extra mounting accessories, if that's what you're really asking.

Reflective or shoot-through is usually dictated by your desired results. It won't matter a whole lot for basic portraiture. You can get umbrellas that have removable backs for both kinds of shooting.

2x160 should be enough indoors. For groups you might have to raise your ISO too 400-ish depending on your setup, working distances, etc. Headshots will be fine.


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May 15, 2013 07:41 |  #3

No offence, but if you cant pull it off with three speedlights, youre not going to be able to do it with monolights either. Tell them if they want professional images, theyre going to need a professional.


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May 15, 2013 08:04 |  #4

I somewhat agreed with Shane. I dont use monolights for headshots anymore. two speedlites are all I needed with an umbrella. Sometimes I'll add a 3rd just to be creative. its not always about the equipments.


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May 15, 2013 09:05 |  #5

johnlo - Depends on how many headshots one would have to take. Would hate to shoot say, 300-400 people with with flash only.

If it were me, I would do a three light set up. Two for the lighting of the person, and one for background and or hairlight.


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May 15, 2013 09:09 |  #6

If you are not experienced, I would suggest using speedlights because you can use ETTL and less things to worry. As far as I can understand your problem is not the lights but how to place them.

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May 15, 2013 09:11 |  #7

I don't have umbrellas or softboxes. I used bare heads bouncing off the ceiling. This apparently will be an ongoing project when they hire anyone new or if someone gets promoted, and I'd rather not mess with rechargeable batteries all the time. I was able to get the following yesterday after messing around a bit with a sun visor from my car.

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May 15, 2013 09:13 |  #8

That looks much nicer. FWIW, a good set of rechargables will last 700+shots even at higher powers in most flashes.


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May 15, 2013 11:42 |  #9

musicmaster...much better! There's a utube vid of a guy making office headshots. One of the techniques he uses is to hook up the camera to a laptop. Using EOS Util and Live View can allow you to see much more before you expose.

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May 15, 2013 11:46 |  #10

If they want to pay for lights, let them But you really need modifiers. Here is a 3 speedlight portrait.

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May 16, 2013 22:11 |  #11

Okay--- I guess what I'm asking is how do I mount an umbrella then?

2x of theseL http://www.adorama.com​/FP320M.html (external link)

2 of these: http://www.amazon.com …1-7&keywords=strobe+stan​d (external link)

43" shoot through http://www.amazon.com …&sr=1-2&keywords=umbrella (external link)

43" reflective http://www.amazon.com …words=umbrella+​reflective (external link)


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May 16, 2013 22:15 |  #12

musicmaster wrote in post #15939652 (external link)
Okay--- I guess what I'm asking is how do I mount an umbrella then?

2x of theseL http://www.adorama.com​/FP320M.html (external link)

2 of these: http://www.amazon.com …1-7&keywords=strobe+stan​d (external link)

43" shoot through http://www.amazon.com …&sr=1-2&keywords=umbrella (external link)

43" reflective http://www.amazon.com …words=umbrella+​reflective (external link)

Those stands are too short. Get the 9 or 10 foot stands instead. The umbrella mount by the shaft going through a hole on the reflector and rhen through the mono light itself




  
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May 17, 2013 08:06 |  #13

Not only short but much too light weight for the lights.
Illustration on the right of the light link shows an umbrella shaft in the light mount.

As has been pointed out several times, its "not the arrows but the indian" that make a good headshot.

Spend time practicing. Knowledge and experience go a long way toward getting a job done properly.

If you've got a tripod you can use yourself as a test subject at home.

Stands, umbrella brackets, and unbrellas will give you same results.

Based on the image you posed you need to spend time getting posing for business headshots under control as well.


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May 17, 2013 09:39 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #14

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