Old lighting equipment I got for free -- need help

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    Hi everyone,

    An old lady here in town gave me some older photography lighting equipment for free, a painted backdrop, light stand, some barn doors ( silver reflecting looking ) and some lights. They look pretty old... silver bowl looking. I am too new to know what they are, but are the worth using? I got some umbrellas too, which are older, but fine for now. I thought it was very sweet and didn't want to say no, but don't want to keep equipment if it's not worth using. Any input would be appreciated!!
     
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    Do they work? Going from no lighting, to even an old lighting kit seems like a step in the right direction to me. Light is light, even if it comes from something old. I use clamp lights and flashlights, so you are one up on me.

    My only concern would be to have them checked to make sure they are not some sort of a fire hazard due to old/faulty wiring.





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    :addpics:
     
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    Exactly... the old photography equipment might make for some good subject matter as well.





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    Ok will get right on that. It won't be a pretty pic, but a pic nonetheless. lol
     
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    Ugly pictures can be interesting too.





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    Here you go. Snapped them quickly, so forgive my messy bookshelf in the background.\

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    They do work. And produce a crud ton of light. I have more bulbs, too...
     
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    Then use them. You may need a diffuser though.
     
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    What could I use? I have not used studio lights. Only natural. So I have no idea about them.
     
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    Google stand diffusers. They are around 200 for a good one.
     
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    Would an umbrella work as one? I have those. Don't quite know yet how to attach one, but hey, it was free!
     

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