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Thread: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

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    Re: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

    I have a Mole Richardson which I find excellent for making quesadillas.
    Got to love a multi-tasker!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

    Smith Victor??? Didn't they connect to a bolt of lightning via a kite? I inherited a bunch of Smith Victor, and its been in a big box way up in the back of a
    shop loft ever since. But this was once standard fare for photo students on a limited budget, and they were expected to make it work.

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    Re: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Smith Victor??? Didn't they connect to a bolt of lightning via a kite? I inherited a bunch of Smith Victor, and its been in a big box way up in the back of a
    shop loft ever since. But this was once standard fare for photo students on a limited budget, and they were expected to make it work.
    Drew, IIRC Smith Victors were nothing but painter's lights on tripods.
    Took darned near forever to warm tortillas with 'em.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

    Smith Victors are still sold.

    I want a set of 4 for props and actual lighting.

    Send me your garbage.

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    Re: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Smith Victor??? Didn't they connect to a bolt of lightning via a kite? I inherited a bunch of Smith Victor, and its been in a big box way up in the back of a
    shop loft ever since. But this was once standard fare for photo students on a limited budget, and they were expected to make it work.
    The company that now owns Smith Victor now also owns Speedatron, Norman, Photogenic, Cool Lux and Quantum, among other lines like Photoflex.

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

    Hi Randy. Let me see if I can dig that out. It's fairly inacessable; and I think I know what box it's in, if I can squeeze a tall ladder back there. But I can't remember if I modified any of the lamp housings for a temporary copystand, or if there are stands with the set. Ordinary photofloods work pretty well for
    modest durations that won't overheat them. An excellent softbox trick is simply some transluscent polyester sheet velcroed to a simple standing frame made
    of PVC pipe, positioned at a save distance from the hot bulbs themselves, of course. I've got to complete some wood joinery on the work table below there
    this afternoon, but might be able to wiggle up there over the weekend and see what's still in the box.

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    Re: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

    It is not the quantity of light, but the quality. If you want to learn good in studio portrait lighting, start with a 5 watt bulb. I was told this probably 50 years ago, used it and never looked back. When i have a difficult lighting situation, I still begin with a 5 watt bare bulb.

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