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"RE: Studio Lighting"

DinoCardelli Registered since 19th Oct 2010
Mon 01-Apr-13 10:58 AM | edited Mon 01-Apr-13 11:00 AM by DinoCardelli

I have a complete set of Alien Bees 3 x 800 1x400 with a Ringflash...

Softboxes - 10x36 / 24x32 / 47" octabox / 40x60

couple of key issues...

The bees and any other lighting source with large softboxes are heavy....

You need to get the heavy duty stands from Paul Buff....as well, you'll need some large sandbags...

The Buff cyber system works well, but, I prefer using the Pocketwizards along with the AC 9's for the Bees....

go to pocketwizard.com for more info....

You can do alot with just two light and a backdrop.....

As mentioned, it's not difficult, just takes practice and learning to control the light a bit...

I also have the hand strobes (SB910's, 900's, and 600's), different softboxes and technique....personally, I think the studio Bees are much easier....but, a light source is a light source..

If you are going to be moving about...the VAGABOND system is a nice to have for portable shooting..

Overall, be prepared to spend about $2K plus for a nice, home set up with two Bees, softboxes, backdrop stands, paper, etc.... the next step up is the Lighting series, then the Einsteins....you get a good bang for your buck with the Bees....they do a nice job and are easy to handle and service....don't forget to buy extra bulbs in case the stand falls over....ask me how I know this

The bees hold their value, so if you decide to get rid of them, you'll get at least 60-70% on the $1 for them on Ebay....

Plus, Buff has a 60 day no questions asked warranty if you decide it's not for you.


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