Bowens Studio lights

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  1. ajmall

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    I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to knowing what studio lights are good. I know there are a few bargain buys on the internet but won't last as long as something like a bowens kit. It's my 21st next month and my generous parents have agreed to buy me a set of bowens studio lights and accessories.

    Budget is around £1000 but i don't want to spend that much and tbh on forums I find setting a budget higher than what you have makes things easier.

    Are the gemini kits good or is it better to buy things individually? I've had a look at http://www.calumetphoto.com/ctl?&ns=1&sc=UK but there's quite a lot of products to take in. any advice would be appreciated
     
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    Bowens is excellent. It's usually just cheaper in kits.
     
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    i know bowens are top of the range though i'm after advice on specific models and accessories
     
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    What sort of things do you want to use the lights for? That will dictate the type of lighting kit.
     
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    ok, well firstly I'd like them to be portable as I sadly do not own a studio. the majority of the photography I plan to do will be portraiture/fashion. I can't see myself doing any macro photography in a studio as it doesn't appeal to me. At the moment I'm thinking 3-4 heads depending on what varies on lights heads aside from power output. Other accessories, I'm thinking light box(es), barn doors, snoots, honey combs etc. I'll need a light meter too come to think of it
     
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    Barn doors only work with tungsten light.
    Do you know how to use all that stuff? ;)
    For general fashion I would recommend the following as a basic set up:
    2x Bowens Esprit 500
    2x stands
    2x silver/white brollies
    2x spill kills
    1x softbox
    That should take you from beginner up to entry level pro.
    If you have the money then get a third head with stand, spill kill and brollie.
     
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    thanks hertz and i've shot with studio lights on a handful of occassions but like everything i guess it's a steep learning curve once you get into it
     
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    I realise this is an old post but I should be getting my lights within the next week or so but still not sure what ones to get. They are a tad more expensive than I was expecting.

    Would you say it was really essential to get 500W+? What's the major draw back with the 250W as I was looking at the DX kit...?
     
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    More power from your lights gives you a greater range of options when using them - ISO, depth of field, area you can light...
    It's always a good rule to get the best you can. If cost is a major consideration then you are stuck with it - but if you can stretch to better ones then it's the best way to go.
     
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    that's made things a bit clearer. will i be at a huge loss getting a 250W kit?
     

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