LightSource Podcast Interview Series

E001 Paul C Buff and Setting Up a Home Studio

LightSource is our brand new lighting and photography podcast that introduces photographers to studio lighting and digital photography techniques and equipment.


Bill Crawford, publisher of (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive photographer (Flickr)

Special Guest:

Paul C. Buff, White Lightning Inc. and Alien Bees lighting equipment

LightSource Episode 1 (Premiere Episode) [53:38 minutes]



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In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

October Audio Article: Setting up a home photography studio

  • Choosing a room
  • Dealing with windows and doors
  • Using furniture
  • Room dimensions
  • Supporting backgrounds
  • Power, clamps and gaffer tape
  • Small product lighting setup

Related articles: Setting Up a Home Studio for Portraiture

Special Guest Paul C. Buff discusses:

  • Getting started in lighting manufacturing
  • Creating the first White Lightning monolight
  • Launching Alien Bees
  • Lighting gear advice for new studio photographers
  • Lighting for film versus digital
  • Explanation of watt-seconds
  • Hot lights versus Monolights
  • Setting shutter speeds in the studio

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3 thoughts on “E001 Paul C Buff and Setting Up a Home Studio

  1. duncan ross

    I just returned a profoto acute ring flash because i heard alien bees are coming out with a ring flash. I have other equipment, but their stuff is really very well made, cheap, light, battery pack..all in all .. sweet.

    Is there anyway I can get you guys to have a look at our website, Its a model community and auto flash website generator on upload..but most can upload RAW!

    I had a lot of trouble making people cd’s so they could pick their favorite photos… too many steps, so i made this.