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DP 1on1 E005 – Buying Lighting Equipment : Basic Three Light Setup

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In this episode of Digital Photography One on One, Mark Wallace [SnapFactory.com] discusses purchasing the right lighting equipment by focusing on what equipment is needed for the basic three light setup.

Question Answered:
1) What kind of studio lighting equipment should I buy?

Books:

Equipment in the first setup:

Equipment in the second setup:

Model: Megan Accordino

Assistant: Paul Sebring

Special thanks to Craig Bolton who filmed this episode and to Diane Wallace who makes every episode happen.


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2 thoughts on “DP 1on1 E005 – Buying Lighting Equipment : Basic Three Light Setup

  1. Raza Khan

    Hi Mark,
    I’m am amateur photographer thinking of turning my recent interest towards photography to something that pays too. I must say that Ive come across a few websites looking at photography tutorials but yours are genuinely too good, its as if you are reading questions out of my mind! Its great work what you are doing here.. hats off!

    I’ll just fire away my question now…. I intend on purchasing studio lights, for now I have my eyes on Elinchrom as my first preference and Hensel as second. What I would like to know is that, since I am on a budget lets say I want to purchase 6 top of the line studio lights from elinchrom. Each Style RX 600W light costs say 800$, would u recommend I purchase all 6 of the same line or should i purchase 2 high end 600w (elinchrom) 2 high-end 300w and 2 mid-end 250 or 500W? I say this since I notice we can use the high end ones as key&fill light, and use as supplements to illuminate the highlights and background. Would I really be needing high-end lights for highlights and background? If not, then the money I save from mix matching the lights can be used against accessories.

    LASTLY, I read somewhere that 1200W would be an overkill for studio, so not to go for that, unless am shooting outdoors. Would you recommend a 1200W light for studio setup? I was thinking of purchasing one, but after reading that I thought if its not necessary it could mean saving 1300$, and using that elsewhere.

    Many thanks.

    regards,
    Raza Khan

  2. Raza Khan

    Just a lil addition to my last email…..

    I plan on doing fashion photography mostly.

    and which Kit 6 light would make more sense:

    1) 6 x high end lights all the same (digital style rx600 watts)

    2) 2 x highend Digital style rx600 watts (fill and key), 2 x highend digital style rx300 watts (for highlights), 2 x entry pro compacts bxri 250 or 500 watts for background illumination.

    3) 2 high end, 4 mid-ends?


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