Hello fellow potn members,
I've been digging into the usual "ultimate" discussions, and I was surprised to see nobody dreamed up a thread for ultimate lighting (maybe it's just buried deep in the archives). I'm a new and growing wedding photog. Business has been great and so the opening of a studio location is in the works. I've been doing strobist lighting until now and the tear-up and tear-down process has been growing tiring. The strobes have proven very efficient yeilding more than adequate results (for my on-location needs), but I'll need to go bigger and more versatile with monolights and their associated modifiers for the studio. I have a local, private investor ready to help fund some equipment upgrades and so budget is not going to be as pressing a factor as it once was.
I'll be needing equipment that will stand against time and use. I want tools that are rugged and reliable. I'd like a strong range of modifiers, but I am bewildered by the vast array that any new buyer would discover (i.e. beauty dishes, grids, barndoors). I don't want to go overkill in this area as it seems it wouldn't take long to fill up the shopping cart with these. But only the proven makes and brands will do as I won't have time to experiment with this stuff.
If anybody could break the market down for me and create "the ultimate, general purpose lighting rig" for everything from portraits to groups, please share. Some of you have such a fantasy rig tucked away somewhere in your brain and I'd appreciate it if you could list it off and share it. Kit/combo packages are welcome suggestions as well.
Thanks in advance!