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Ring Flash/Light for Glam? Size? Power?

 
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Mar 23, 2008 19:21 |  #1

What size ring light do I need for full body glam shots? Can I get something portable and buy it or do I need to make one of those 4ft monstor home jobs? Any ideas on wattage for the size you suggest?


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Mar 23, 2008 21:07 |  #2

I bought the Alien Bees ABR800. It works great for full length shots, but it costs 400 dollars.

I've built one of those giant ones out of pvc pipe and using regular 100 watt light bulbs. the tricky part is not using too many because you might blow the circuit you're plugged into. I think I used eight.




  
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Mar 23, 2008 23:33 |  #3

bolantej wrote in post #5176970 (external link)
I bought the Alien Bees ABR800. It works great for full length shots, but it costs 400 dollars.

I've built one of those giant ones out of pvc pipe and using regular 100 watt light bulbs. the tricky part is not using too many because you might blow the circuit you're plugged into. I think I used eight.

The optional 56" moon light can be handheld, cool! Did your homemade do better since it was bigger?


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Mar 23, 2008 23:55 as a reply to  @ TooManyHobbies's post |  #4

Depends on the output power of the flash more so than the size. A larger ring will simply give you a larger source and softer shadows. Part of the signature of a ringflash is the harder "halo" shadow.

My Profoto ringflash can do full body with no problems what so ever and it is just 8 1/2 inches wide .But,it is by no means a "budget" solution.


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Mar 24, 2008 01:28 |  #5

I don't know if the 56 incher can be handheld or not. The big one is disassembled because they were hotlights (I don't like heat) and it really wasn't powerful enough for me. I shoot the ABR800 without any moon unit and it's strong enough for full length.




  
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Mar 24, 2008 01:32 |  #6

I was thinking about going with the AB Zeus Ringflash 2500ws pack.That should have enough power for with or without the moon.


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