is this a good lighting kit?

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  1. Kathleen

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    I'm planning on setting up a small studio & would like to keep my initial cost to the minimum as far as lighting is concerned. Portability is also important. I thought a kit would be a good start & then as time passes add to my equipment. I came across this kit & would be grateful for any thoughts on it. Studio Light Kit - Strobe Lighting / Wireless
     
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    Here check these out they have 1 and 2 light setups......................

    MPEX Strobist Kits
     
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    Looks a bit cheap and nasty, can't go wrong with Bowen's or Elincrom
     
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    'Spensive.

    The nice thing about the above Calumet kit is that it can use Elinchrom modifiers. But they're expensive too. If it were me, I'd just spend the $1500 on a decent 1000w/s Bowens kit.
     
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    big poppa thanks for the heads up on that kit. Looks perfect for a first.
     
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    I think the first decision should be whether you want studio strobes or hot shoe flash units. You said that portability was important, so the flashes would seem to be a good choice. Although, if your destination is always a place that will have AC power, then you could still be fairly portable with studio lights. You could even get a battery pack for studio light if there is no power.

    What is your expectation for portable? I travel with pretty much my entire 'studio' which includes 4 studio lights, light stands and modifiers, background stand...and a couple camera bags. It's portable in that I can put it all in my car and take it to a client's house.

    If I went with 4 flash units, small stands, smaller modifiers etc...I could probably carry the entire 'studio' over my shoulder...Strobist Style.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'm sorry that my portability need wasn't clear. I should have said easy to transport & setup at a clients house. I guess the best bet & easiest on the pocket book would be to start with my greatest need & purchase as I go along. I'm photographing babies. So would strobe lighting as suggested here or a softbox be my best starting point. I've done quite a bit of reading with regards to strobe lighting versus softbox, but I'm not sure which would be best for babies. I did see this sample of catch lights & have to say I don't like what the softbox does. So, what would be the right direction for baby photograpy- softbox or strobe lighting?
    http://picasaweb.google.com/phototreasury/CatchLights?feat=directlink
     
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    softbox/strobe I don't think are mutually exlusive. All a strobe is is a small, compact, powerfull light source. The softbox is a diffused light source. You can diffuse a strobe just as well ( firing through an umbrella seems popular ).

    Personally for babys I don't see any reason you can't use strobes and they're the cheaper more flexible option.
     
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    A softbox is a modifier that is used with a strobe.

    Er...Let me expand...

    A strobe is a flash.

    A softbox is "box" that has a white translucent side, and the rest is black. It fits onto a strobe and diffuses the light source. Purchasing just a softbox would be useless without a strobe.
     
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    Thank you for all of your help. With your helpful advice & suggestions I'll start with a strobist kit. I must also thank you, strobist/softbox issue is clear now.
     

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