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Feb 16, 2009 08:24 |  #1

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!
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Feb 16, 2009 08:43 |  #2

Check out this good setup from Scott Kelby

http://www.scottkelby.​com/blog/2008/archives​/1155 (external link)


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Feb 16, 2009 08:57 |  #3

great link, Damian. This is perfect! I'm glad the Elinchrom RX600 is mentioned because I've seen these in use they looked like solid performers and something I might base my setup around. This rig looks very affordable. Thank you.


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Feb 16, 2009 09:13 |  #4

no problem best of luck


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Feb 16, 2009 09:27 |  #5

wow, i have universal skyports, but the RX factor has me very intrigued. Quote from the review:

"The fact that with Elinchrom RX strobes, I can control the power of each strobe right from the transmitter on top of my camera. If I want the hair light down a half-a-stop, I can do it without leaving my camera position. If I want the background light brighter, it’s just two clicks."

All I have to say is SOLD.


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Feb 16, 2009 12:04 |  #6

Pearlallica wrote in post #7335873 (external link)
wow, i have universal skyports, but the RX factor has me very intrigued. Quote from the review:

"The fact that with Elinchrom RX strobes, I can control the power of each strobe right from the transmitter on top of my camera. If I want the hair light down a half-a-stop, I can do it without leaving my camera position. If I want the background light brighter, it’s just two clicks."

All I have to say is SOLD.

what I really like is the skyport USB don-gal and there software that is free you can control all your strobes from the computer and even store preset configs complete with light layout diagrams so if you have a few different lighting setups you use alot you can just move your lights around then just click the preset on the computer bam all you lights are setup plus once you have all the ratios set you can do an adjust all if you need to bring everything up of down a little.


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