Studio lighting & home studio - Advice needed

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Sorby, Jan 6, 2005.

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    Sorby Guest

    I get a lot of requests from family, friends and customers to do high-key
    portraits but have had to turn them down as I've simply not got the set-up
    and equipment to do it.

    So I'd like to get myself sorted and have convinced SWMBO to let me convert
    one of our reception rooms into a studio.

    The room is 10'8" x 9'6" and the ceiling is 8' high.
    Not massive but luckily one of the long walls has a wide archway into
    another room which I can shoot from - adding about 6' to the 9'6" - so my
    'studio' will be effectively 10'8 wide x 15'6 long

    I intend to have a pull-down background (off a roll) mounted on the archless
    10'8" wall.

    I only shoot digitally and therefore can easily compensate for colour
    temperature - so that shouldn't be a restrictive factor.

    I'd like the lighting to be portable (I'll have a separate portable
    background system for mobile use) - but am tempted to have wall-mounted
    heads on positionable arms. Anyone had experience of these?

    Which manufacturer? Bowens, Elinchrom, another brand?
    What type? - generator or monoblocs?
    2, 3 or 4 heads? Presumably I'd need at least two to blow out the white
    What power rating should I go for? (Many of my subjects are kids and I'm
    imagining needing to use quite fast shutter speeds to freeze them as they
    leap theatrically about my studio! - so presumably low-powered heads won't
    Are systems designed specifically for digital photography worth looking at?

    I get the impression constant lighting sources aren't as powerful and can
    get too hot for the sitter's comfort.

    I don't want to buy a budget system that I'll outgrow within 6-12 months -
    unless I can add to it rather than replace it.

    My budget is about £2500 - all in. (i.e. all lighting, cables, backgrounds,
    stands, softboxes/umbrellas etc)

    Thanks in anticipation,
    Sorby, Jan 6, 2005
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    rda Guest

    Hi, I think you should try or
    rda, Jan 6, 2005
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    Sorby Guest

    Thanks - I've done that now.

    Enjoyed the photos on your website - especially the water gallery.

    Sorby, Jan 6, 2005
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    Smorgo Guest


    I've contemplated buying studio lighting but, to be honest, I've been spoilt
    using The Bakery in Cefn Mawr (just outside Wrexham). It's a gorgeous studio
    with lots of very (very) expensive Bron flash gear (the 3m parabolic
    reflector, for example, is something to behold).

    The guy who owns it is very generous with rates, equipment and his own time.
    You'd be really rather surprised how much studio time you can get for your

    Drop me an off-list reply to my wormpurple address if you want to know more.
    I'll take you up there for a look around if you like.

    As a general tip, avoid continuous lighting for portraits as it causes the
    pupils to contract which doesn't look right.

    Smorgo, Jan 6, 2005
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    Sorby Guest

    Nice one - thanks Steve!
    Will email you shortly.
    Sorby, Jan 6, 2005
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    rda Guest

    No worries, glad to help.
    Hopefully I will get some more shots onto my gallery soon. I decided against
    filling it with shots & only put up my own favourites.

    Would you happen to be the Sorby of ukrm fame? I meddled about in there for
    a while a couple of years ago, lurking occasionally now.
    rda, Jan 7, 2005
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    Sorby Guest

    The visual equivalent of a good SNR. :eek:)
    Yes! Sorry - didn't recognise you. Have you still got the Fireblade?
    Sorby, Jan 7, 2005
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    Smorgo Guest

    What say next week, we invade uk.rec.gardening?

    Smorgo, Jan 7, 2005
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    Sorby Guest


    You should check out uk.people.consumers.ebay !! - it's full of ukrm'ers.
    Sorby, Jan 7, 2005
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    rda Guest

    Aye :) and loving every minute of it, fantastic bike. Doesn't feel as fast
    as my old GSXR750, but I am definitely quicker on the blade.
    rda, Jan 8, 2005
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    rda Guest

    LOL, Ive been there before as well (got some advice on chopping the apple
    rda, Jan 8, 2005
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