Got a lighting kit! Woot!

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  1. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    My brother-in-law is giving up on photography as a hobby so he gave me his still-in-box Smith Victor 750 lighting kit. Never even used. 750 watts total, 3 6' aluminum stands, 2 larger reflectors and one smaller one.

    Now I just need to figure out what to do with it. :lol:
     
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    Crazydad No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Awesome! I have no doubt you will figure out what to do with it. Now how do I convince my wife that I need one?
     
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    If you haven't before, now is the time to start reading the strobist 101 and 102 archives and get those lights out and start using them.

    Free gear is always very cool! :thumbup:

    BTW, once your wife or g/f is is done medium well due to flashes, I suggest slowing down... lol
     
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  4. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Does she want to be a model??? :)

    hahah...

    Oh yeah, didn't think about strobist. Do they cover non-flash lighting as well? (you don't have to answer that, I'll go look)
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    No, but a vast amount of info there can be applied to constant on stuff (I'm not a real fan of "constant on" lighting, but have tried it in the past... watch your white balance and don't mix sources of different WB... makes it hard to make things look right in the shot).
     
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    Wow, sounds like you got your cake and can it eat it too.

    what a coincidence, like that ever happens:D
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah. I bet. I also noticed the bulbs only burn for like 4 hours before 'sploding. Wild.

    Well, the good news is the stuff I ordered will allow me to also mount my flashes on the poles.

    heheh...

    Hey. I killed your father! ;-)
     
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    Not a chance, she has a near ninja like ability to disappear when I point the camera in her direction!
     
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    Great way to learn lighting. I started with SV moved to Lowell then to Speedotron. That outfit is a work horse. Buy a couple of spare bulbs and you are good for life. Can not wait to see the first experiments.

    Love & Bass
     
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    Thats awesome. i started off with a Smith-Victor continuous lighting kit as well. For starting out it was great. I own flash units now and love them, but i dont regret buying the continuous. It was fun while it lasted.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Is the primary drawback just the fact that the bulbs burn out so fast? Or are there other badnesses I'm not thinking of? (not that I won't use them and be excited by them, still... just like to understand)
     
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    They are hot lights for sure. The exposures are long. That makes them bad for shooting people, but great for still life.

    Love & Bass
     

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