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| p.1 #1 · Help with a lighting purchase |
I posted recently about how I'm a video guy who needed to take more photos and so was looking to analyse how my fav photographer, Ellen Von Unwerth, took some of her shots. The advice was great, and most suggested it was a simple Profoto white beauty dish (http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1171760), perhaps an Arri ambient light helping but the BD providing the 'look'.
I'm looking now to get myself the gear I need and wanted to get some advice, please.
I've been looking at a few options - firstly spending a lot and going Profoto, the Ellinchrom Quadra RX or an Einstein with perhaps a Mola Demi.
However, it's hard for me to judge what the smart move is, so I thought I'd ask for some advice if I may please, as I said, I know video/continuous, but not really strobes so any advice would be welcomed.
To go Profoto is expensive and as at least initially, whilst I learn the ropes, I'll be not necessarily earning with the stills, it's a strong outlay.
That being said, I use Arri lights when I do video stuff b/c they're the reliable standard, I can rent them anywhere, I can use any wherever I am and get the same results etc. I'm therefore pondering whether it's worth going Profoto simply as it's learning on gear I can learn, know, rent, use, wherever I am and get consistent results, so it becomes a big outlay not to 'invest' (hate that word heh) in the future.
If my research shows, the Profoto heads aren't super expensive, but the power supply is the thing that'll kill you.
The Ellinchrom Quadra set seems decent too, not quite as good as Profoto but half the price for a set inc power. Downsides are it's still a big outlay and would I be itching to upgrade having blown my load on something still costly?
The Einsteins seems the real alternative to Profoto in the sense that I can get a light, a vagabond mini and a BD for a relatively inexpensive (comparatively) outlay. So I'm tempted for this b/c it'll mean I can essentially learn on something good but not too pricey, and when I'm earning I can slowly upgrade to the 'standard' gear like Profoto stuff.
Obviously the upsides of Profoto, esp having consistent results with consistent gear, wherever I am, whatever I do, can't be said for the Einsteins b/c they are more of a niche product. Ergo I risk learning on a product I might not use long-term. I suppose ultimately it doesn't matter if you learn to drive on Diesel or Petrol, it's still driving the damn car!
But yeah, what do peeps think I should buy? As I said, I'm looking to recreate Ellen's style in photos, that direct but glamorous beauty dish feel as in the above link, so I don't need a whole set, one light should do.
For me it seems really down to whether it's wise to go small on the Einsteins, learn, get good etc, then upgrade in time. Or whether I should do my learning on the standard, go Profoto, and know I can hit that wherever I am.
Any thoughts/advice would be welcomed, thanks!