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Old December 6th, 2007, 11:32 PM   #1
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Good Starter Light Kit

I really know nothing about lights because I've never used them before but I'd like to buy a starter kit in the $1500- range that I can start with that is powerful enough to do some indoor lighting situations and stuff. I looked at the 55, and I want to know if you think that's a good option.

Also, what else will I need besides the light kit? BTW I am a high school students so it can't be too expensive.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 12:28 AM   #2
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Old December 8th, 2007, 09:39 AM   #3
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Nick - you might try the fluorescent softboxes here:


I bought 5 of them (6400 watts) for quite a bit less than $1k and am quite happy so far. Britek is the manufacturer.

No flicker, good daylight color. You 'dim' them by turning off banks (each has for banks).

fluors have the advantage of less heat on the 'talent'.

Be sure to negotiate the price.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 12:05 PM   #4
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What kind of shooting do you need lights for and where to you primarily plan to shoot? That is do you plan to shoot in a "studio" where you have control over many aspects such as availability to power for the lights, controling stray light, space etc.

If it's interviews, is it single person or multi person? In their office or your studio?

Having gone down the route of buying a "kit", I strongly suggest not going down this route. Kits never give you everything you need and you're paying for stuff you don't need as well.

Generally for lighting of interviews you'll need a few lights:
1. A Soft box as your key light with light and stand.
2. A back light to light the subject from behind to create serperation (head and shoulders) from the background. A boom to hold this light.
3. One or two lights with stands to light up the background.
4. A reflector and C-Stand with grip to hold the reflector/foan core board.

For interview lighting (the lights you'll need as we as technique) there is a nice video by Vortex media
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