Studio lights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by TStodPhoto, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. TStodPhoto

    TStodPhoto Member

    Sep 23, 2005
    The World
    Multi Format
    I am looking for ideas on studio lights

    I want to get the following but need help on making that choice

    I found a 2K Blonde on that auction site for reasonable price and i am going to shoot mainly "Still Life" I don't need anything too fancy just cheap and works well is the part that matters but I also want at least one strobe/flash to add to the mix

    my space is limited too work with as well!!!!

    Anyone can give me ideas on what flash/strobe to get or anyone ever use a 2K blonde before?

    Any info on studio light stands for a reasonable price will be nice too....

    I would like some ideas it be nice for extra feedback from the regulars who shoot studio work all the time

    Thanks Ted
  2. Discoman

    Discoman Member

    May 17, 2011
    Large Format
    With still life, your subject or camera isn't exactly moving. IMHO, I prefer regular hot lights for this. Strobes are a bit of work to deal with so I only really bother when I need an effect only strobes can do. In a limited space hot lights can be even better. Set them, set a slow shutter, use cable release. But try to get a compact high power strobe. It will be very expensive, but will take little space and have a high output for its size.
  3. raoul

    raoul Member

    Mar 8, 2005
    Medium Format
    Be careful of getting too much power - especially for smaller subject matters.
  4. jerry lebens

    jerry lebens Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    Brighton UK
    Med. Format RF
    It doesn't really matter which type of light source you use for still lifes. Both will do the job : Strobes cost more to buy but cost less to run, tungsten usually costs less to buy but eat electricity and generate lots of heat.

    The most important consideration is how you intend to model the lights - strobes tend to lend themselves more easily to modification - such as softboxes - because strobe lights generate less heat. Consequently, softboxes for strobes tend to be cheaper since they don't need to be as heat resistant. Softboxes for tungsten are of higher spec, otherwise they represent a fire risk. (Similarly, still life subjects like fruits and flowers, can be susceptible to the heat produced by tungsten, too).

    I don't agree with raoul, who says that too much power can be a problem. It depends what and how you are trying to shoot. I regularly shoot extremely small silver jewellery using a 5000joule strobe set up in a small room.
    That's not to say I need that much power, just that it isn't a problem.
    If necessary, excess power can be reduced by, for instance, thicker diffusion materials or even neutral density filters on the camera. Remember, with tungsten you may need to do long exposures, with strobe, multiple pops can achieve the same effect, using less electricity and generating less heat.
    In fact, using a 'blond' would create problems for me in a small room, because of the heat it would generate - I notice you're in Florida where heat output may be a consideration!

    Personally, although I have extensive strobe and tungsten lighting kits, I almost always opt for strobe. To be honest, the tungsten only comes out when I'm shooting video. Strobe technology was developed mainly because it was more adaptable than tungsten, however for a beginner it's less familiar territory and this is why beginners often buy tungsten before moving on to strobe.