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10-10-2006, 09:21 AM
I am pretty sure I am getting some seamless paper (specifically white and maybe black fleece) for Christmas. I'd like to get a light or 2 as well, but have NO idea where to start or what to get.
What do you suggest? I've heard of Alien Bees... Is there a cheaper alternative?
What else would I need? A light meter? Reflector.... ????
10-10-2006, 10:08 AM
oh these sound like great ideas for Christmas presents, i'm eager to hear what suggestions you get so I can put them on my list too!
10-10-2006, 10:36 AM
Andrea, I know that they are some $ for investment. But, I honestly can tell you, I think they would be worth it. Get one. Work towards a second one. I think that the battery packed ones would be excellent - to be able to go to locations and not have to have cords and such.
Dh was wonderful and bought me 2 standard (non alien bees) for my bday in June and I still dream. :) AB is still out there in my future... I just have to work and earn some $ to buy them.
10-10-2006, 11:55 AM
Those forums where Photgraphy geeks hang out would be an excellent source. I researched this at one point and there is a lot to consider. Maybe google lighting/portrait photography or ask LJ Barden.
I got an external TTL flash (TTL means it automatically sets the flash w/o manual intervention) and it has been a godsend and was under $150. I think the AlienBee's and stuff is for studio settings.
10-10-2006, 12:06 PM
I know you emailed me about this, but thought I'd post here in case anyone else was questioning!
I just ordered my Beginner Bee - Alien Bees.
Really, all you need to start out is a good 800 Flash light with an Umbrella and a reflector. It will help you get used to using lighting. Emily said she got a wireless receiver for her shoe on her camera, but I'm just sticking with the cord for now.
I also directed Andrea to this post:
Which is a great diagram of your setup.
Once you're ready to expand, check out these lessons:
They give you good ideas, setups, and examples!
Good luck - I can't wait for my BEE to BUZZ in! :)
10-10-2006, 12:28 PM
From what I have read and researched alien bees are the cheapest and best way to go.
When I was going to purchase I was going to start off with the AB800 and instead of the umbrella I was going to get the extra large softbox. Oh and a reflector to start with before I moved to a second light.
Oh, and you need a hot shoe adaptor too :)
10-10-2006, 01:35 PM
mine arrived today!!!!
the fastest shipping ever - but it came from nashville so that could be why.
woohoo! testing tomorrow!
10-10-2006, 01:36 PM
ps - if you can afford a LARGE reflector, get it...if not, do foam core board! my reflector is small and i am going to try a piece of foam core instead.
10-10-2006, 02:25 PM
Thanks so much for all of this information! Now... to start saving my pennies!
10-10-2006, 02:43 PM
OH my word Holly! That is the fastest shipping! WOW!
Dh bought me a reflector w/ my lights and I have yet to use them, but ya know, life has gotten so wacked, its a wonder I am here, answering posts. :)
taking it day by day and walking my journey...~G
10-10-2006, 06:47 PM
I have an AB 800 with an extra large soft box and I absolutely love it. I am getting another one around christmas. I highly recommend them!
10-10-2006, 07:30 PM
I love my bees! I just have the basic set - the smaller bees with umbrellas but they work great for what I do. :)
10-11-2006, 03:37 PM
Another option to explore would be using an SB-800 (or two) with a softbox or softliter.
This was once a wonderful thread on the free side at ILP, but I guess they've moved it to the FA side... so it's at dpreview:
10-11-2006, 08:45 PM
i have 2 ab 800's one with the giant softbox like Amanda's ...and I love it..such huge nice catchlights, and the other I have their small brolly on it...just for a softer fill...I love my bee's!
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