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Lighting Equipment Purchase - HELP/ADVICE requried please ...

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Sep 14, 2007 04:09 |  #1

I'm about to invest in a small home studio lighting kit in order to take better portrait/glamour shots and I found this on one site; …_717_367&produc​ts_id=4100 (external link)

Looks reasonable and at a decent price.

I would apprieciate any feed back on this as I need help in selecting the lighting equipment.

Also should I go for continuous of flash ?

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Sep 14, 2007 09:40 |  #2

You have PM Mate :)

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Sep 15, 2007 09:58 |  #3

Those are 'hot lights', and they have that name for a reason! It is not too unusual for the subject to complain about the heat as they sit under the lights during a photo session. The old spy movies show the interrogator and hot light over the victim!

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Sep 15, 2007 10:47 |  #4

I would steer away from those. I had some once, I didn't keep them long.

As Wilt said they are "hot", and they are guaranteed to make your subject sweat buckets.
They are also relatively weak in output, they look bright, but in the real world you will be finding your iso creeping way up to give a decent exposures. The only good use I can see for them is maybe for practising still life.

They are no more than glorified lamp-holders with cheap modifiers, and photo lamps, for the price you would be better off investing in one mono-block flash light, look around and I'm sure you will get a deal with a stand and brolly etc.

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