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| p.1 #13 · Just discovered Strobe light....need advice |
BrianO, could you please tell me the equipment that you have in the picture?
The small dish on the boom is an RPStudio BeautiDish (note the spelling...with an i instead of a y). It's only 11 inches across, so not really effective as a beauty dish in the classical sense, but I use it as a hair light or accent light. It comes with a diffusion sock, and I bought the optional grid as well.
The umbrella is a Photoflex. I can't recall now if that's the 45" or the 60" -- I'll have to measure it again one of these days.
The soft box is a Westcott 28-inch Apollo; in my opinion the best Speedlite-capable soft box on the market due to its retro-reflective design -- very even lighting across the face of the panel. It can also take monolights and strobe heads, so it's very flexible.
The larger dish is a 20-inch RPStudio BeautiDish, and this one I do use as a traditional BD with the opaque reflector, and as a round "soft light" with the translucent reflector. (Both types of reflector come with both the 20" and the 11" dish.) This larger one comes with the sock and the grid as standard.
The boom stand (I have two) is a Manfrotto 420B Combi stand, and at around $150 they are another "best buy" in my opinion. They can work as either vertical-column light stands or as boom stands with the simple flip of a lever, and they come with a small sand bag for counter-weighting the boom.
The big light stand is a Promaster SystemPro LS-4 air-cushioned light stand.
The tripod is a Manfrotto similar to the current 055XPROB.
Not shown are a small Manfrotto floor stand for back lights, a monopod, and an old flash bracket that I got in the '80s and still use. (I can't recall the brand of the latter, but it has a telescoping column that I find very handy when doing weddings and events in large rooms.)
I also have Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce caps in white, green, and orange for all three of my Speedlites, plus assorted cables, clamps, cold shoes, umbrella holders, gels, etc.
The last picture is of a Datacolor SpyderChecker, which I take a shot of under the lighting conditions I'm shooting under so that I have a known-color reference for color-correcting shots after the fact. (I usually shoot in raw mode, for the widest gamut and most flexibility in post processing.)
Hope this helps.