View Full Version : Studio Lighting Help

08-11-2008, 09:48 AM
Hi All,

I am in need of all your guys' expertise........

I am looking to set up a studio at home. Maybe look into getting strobes and some umbrellas and maybe one of those rectangle lights to hang from the the ceiling sorry I don't know what they're called. Does anybody know where i can get a kit that may include most of this and that is compatible with the Nikon D50? and what the cost is.. and whether it is better than the option below.

My other option was maybe purchase sb900 and use as a master and my sb600 as a slave and maybe get a stand and an umbrella.

thanks much in advance,

08-11-2008, 12:20 PM
Therr is much to choose from. I've always been partial to Westcott lighting to include their softboxes, reflectors and stands. Monte Zucker makes an excellent caster based light stand that you can swing around easily and is a must at weddings and is about 9 feet when fully extended. Here's a couple of links to give you and idea what they have. I had the 28" Apollo, 16" Apollo for hair llight, and the Ed Pierce Signature Edition Halo...a large softbox you can put over your strobe and gives superb softness due to its size. The white 42" and 4x8 foot reflector is another must in the studio, IMO. Lights I've always liked and used were the Photogenic with 600ws output. White Lightning is another reliable brand. You can pretty much choose individual components as I did. I never bought any "kits" preferring to pick and choose what I needed or wanted. Don't forget the necessary flash meter and radio slaves as well. Radio slaves keep you and clients from tripping over wires.

All this may be too much for you but is just a suggestion and something to ponder in case you want to get really serious down the road.



Here's the Signature Edition Halo I mentioned. Probably the only light source you'd need for portraits in addition to a reflector.



08-11-2008, 05:01 PM
thanks ColColt.. I'm gonna start researching...

08-11-2008, 08:08 PM
Have a look at the Flashpoint kits from Adorama. They are reasonably priced and I know a few people using them and getting great results.

If you have a little more dough to spend then I recommend AlienBee strobes, I use them myself and love them, I have 2 AB800 strobes. Westcott StrobeLites are also a good option in the same price range.