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This is based on Leo's (lll) threads on flash, portable flash, and ringlighting, combining all the lighting and studio related discussions. The contents are summarized below, with one section per post.

Lighting Basics

What to Buy
'Net resources
General MM threads
Brand or Model specific threads

Different Types of Lighting Equipment

Monolight 'vs' Pack and Head
Strobes 'vs' Continuous light
Continuous Lights

Where to Buy

Where to Buy
Major Strobe Manufacturers
Major Continuous Lighting Manufacturers
Major Accessory Manufacturers

Lighting Equipment ("Modifiers")

General MM Lighting threads
Umbrellas/Softboxes/Reflectors (Softening Modifiers)
Diffusion Panels/Reflectors/Flags
Beauty Dishes
Focusing lights (Fresnels and spotlights)
Gels
Grids

Sync Cords and Remote Triggers

Sync Cords
Radio Triggers
  Pocket Wizard Radio Triggers
  Cactus/Gadget Infinity Radio Triggers
  Elinchrom Skyport
  Paul Buff CyberSync
  Radio Poppers
  Misc Remote Triggers

Lighting Techniques

On the 'Net
Lighting Diagrams - how-to
MM Lighting Technique threads
  General
  Studio
  Beauty
  Hair/Rim/Accent Lighting
  Lighting Vehicles
Natural Lighting Techniques
Mixing Sunlight with Strobes
Unusual Lighting Techniques
MM Exposure threads

Ring Flash and Ring Lights

Exposure and Metering

Exposure
Light Meters

Location Lighting and Portable Flash

Info on the ‘Net
MM Thread on Portable Flash options
Brand-specific Portable Lighting threads
Overpowering Sunlight with Flash
Dealing with Overcast
Other Location Lighting Issues (Modifiers, support, etc.)

Do It Yourself Lighting Equipment

Non-Lighting Studio Info and Setup thread (Now in separate thread)

Backdrop and Prop Vendors on the 'Net
(Now in separate thread)

PLEASE keep discussions in this thread to a minimum. If you have suggestions, please use email/PM.

CORRECTIONS and ADDITIONS are welcomed! If you find something useful, please let me know. If a link is broken, let me know.

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LIGHTING Basics

  On the Net

Studio Lighting - making the equipment decision: Online version of my article published in Digital Photo Pro about choosing studio flash systems.

http://photo.net/learn/lighting/choosin … -lighting/ Garry Edwards’ excellent overview of studio lighting from Photo.net.

Strobist: Blog about lightweight, inexpensive lighting solutions that give expensive looking results. (Especially see the Lighting 101 lessons.)

An intro to studio lighting equipment. Photo.net article by Garry Edwards and Brooks Short. Covers the basics of what studio gear does, and introduces many of the standard terms and equipment used. The Lighting Themes on Studio Lighting and Equipment go into more depth. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5)

ProPhotoLife’s Studio Lighting Equipment Guide Part 1 (Lights and basic modifiers) and Part 2 (Softboxes, Light Stands, and Booms).

Lighting Essentials Blog. Many tutorials and videos on lighting using natural light and studio lights.

StudioLighting.net

Professional Photography 101 Lighting Tutorials

Mark Wallace's One on One video on lighting equipment.

PhotoflexLightingSchool.com

Broncolor's Modifier Comparison page shows the results from different light shapers compared to each other.

Sekonic’s PDF guide to using light meters and histograms

Don't forget the Search function. Searches for '€˜strobe'€™, 'flash'€™, '€˜light'€™, '‘monolight'€™, 'alien bee'€™, etc. will find a plethora of pertinent posts.

BOOKS

People should consider reviewing these books before asking basic questions.  It is extremely difficult--not to mention inefficient--to learn the basics online.  You are wasting more people's time while the books are already out there.

BOOKS

Consider studying these books.  It is extremely difficult--not to mention inefficient--to learn the fundamentals from a Q&A session in an online forum. You are wasting a lot of time--yours and other peoples'--while guides that have collected and organized the information are already out there.

* Fil Hunter and Paul Fuqua's Light--Science and Magic. Discusses all the technical fundamentals of lighting.
(Still not sure? See this MM Thread on Light Science and Magic, or this review of LSM)

* Ross Lowell's Matters of Light and Depth. Originally written for cinematographers, Matters of Light and Depth discusses more of the mood, emotional, and reactive responses to lighting. Works extremely well in conjunction with Light-Science and Magic.

The LightingMods blog reviews both of the above (and some other good lighting books).

(Last updated 5/3/2009)


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WHAT TO BUY and Lighting Product Info

On the Net

Studio Lighting - making the equipment decision: Online version of my article published in Digital Photo Pro about choosing studio flash systems.

http://photo.net/learn/lighting/choosin … -lighting/ Garry Edwards’ excellent introduction to studio lighting from Photo.net.

Cost per watt second article on 1ProPhoto.com. See the PDF comparing selected models (including flash duration and recycle times).

Stephen Eastwood’s Lighting Equipment Overview: Packs vs Monolights, Brand rankings, etc.

MM Threads - General

Strobe Lighting, what made and brand should I get? (30+ posts)
what type of lights do u recommend? (70+ posts)
Most reliable monolights?
studio lights!!!
effective vs true ws (What does “effective watt-seconds mean, anyhow?)
$2000 to spend on studio flash
question about lights... (What to buy)
Strobe lighting recommendations: Looking for a 3 light setup.
Inexpensive lighting gear
Best strobes for both studio/on location lighting?
Best strobes to buy for the bucks
What is the BEST type/brand of lights to invest in
Lighting - what to buy?
Looking to get a lighting system...need your help
Flash vs Strobes (Speedlite vs studio-style strobes)
What is the best studio lighing equipment? (80+ posts)
What is the worst studio lighting equipment..
Flash: go for the cheap or invest?
Studio lights (What do you have and what do you like/dislike about it.)
$7500 lighting system......what would you get
Limited budget. - Indoor studio lights needed
any LIGHTWEIGHT monolight recommendations?
What lights you'd recommend for HD videography?
Studioflash! (What to buy in Europe)
Lighting decision.. (What to buy in Australia)
OK , I Need Help... ... purchasing ONE light on a budget



Brand/Model-specific (Alphabetic by brand)

Alien Bee from Paul Buff

Balcar

Bowens (See Calumet)

Briese

Britek

Broncolor

Calumet (also Bowens)

eBay Kits

Studio flash kit (ebay/lencarta 3 flash kit)
Lighting kits Please help (eBay 'Square Perfect' kit)
Wanna help a newbie with a lighting questions (ebay/yinyan 180 ws light kit)
Alien Bees VS Bowens Lighting

Elinchrom

Excalibur

Impact

Interfit / Patterson

JTL

Norman

Novatron

Opus Pro

Lighting – help (Opus Pro lights)

Photogenic

Profoto

Speedotron

Steve Kaeser

Strobes need input. (Steve Kaeser 180ws lights)

White Lighting from Paul Buff

Zeus from Paul Buff

(Last updated 1/6/2010)

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MM Threads on Lighting EQUIPMENT

The following are NOT complete listings; they're merely a sampling of some of the better or more recent threads on the topics.

General

Light Meters (See Exposure and Metering section below.
 
Umbrellas/Softboxes/Panels (General Soft Light Modifiers)

Diffusion Panels/Reflectors/Flags

Gear: Reflector? (What kind)
reflector question ,,, (What kind and size)
Positioning Of Reflectors
most useful reflector type (Gold, silver white, etc.)
large diffusers (Diffusion panels, tinker tubes)
Tips for making home-made reflectors.
homemade flags
Black card (Light absorbers to increase contrast)
Flagging lights

Beauty Dishes

Hard lights--Fresnels, Spotlights, Cookies, Snoots, and Gobos

Calling all Wizards! (Focusing lights; fresnel/spotlights)
Gobos (Discussion of flags, cookies, gobos, and focusing spotlights)
Lighting patterns on the background?
pattern gobos with AB (Focusing spotlights)
fresnel strobes
best tungsten FRESNEL KIT for Hollywood
Film projector as a light source?
faux venetian blind effect mimic
Lighting Snoot (Alternatives and DIY)
How much Fresnel Power needed (Continuous light)

Gels

Gels, Filters, And getting good color?
   (Stephen Eastwood's consolidated answer thread. Read this first.)

Seamless Paper Colors (With MANY example of gels on black/white/gray backgrounds)
Shooting with Gels
Gels (Who uses and how)
How do I gel my subject like this??? (Cross-lit/cross-colored subject)
What is the secret of using color gel
How Do You Work With Gels?
Amber Gel vs Manually Adjusting WB
Colored background using gel
Using Rosco Gels (Using gels with a softbox)
Changing temp of a mono light to match hot light

Grids

Ring Lights are in their own section. See below.


(Last updated 7/6/2013)

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LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

On The ‘Net
Stephen Eastwood’s Tutorials on Lighting (and other things).

Zac Arias 5 part tutorial on lighting a white background to get pure white, black, or any color desired.

Strobist: Blog about lightweight, inexpensive lighting solutions that give expensive looking results. (Especially see the Lighting 101 lessons.)

Lighting Essentials Blog. Many tutorials and videos on lighting using natural light and studio lights.

StudioLighting.net

Professional Photography 101 Lighting Tutorials

PhotoflexLightingSchool.com

Broncolor's Modifier Comparison page shows the results from different light shapers compared to each other.

MM thread with links to examples showing how different modifiers behave

Lighting Diagrams

DIY Photography’s link to Kevin Kertz’ Photoshop file.
Lighting_Diagram-Creator]Lighting Diagram-Creator: online version of Kevin Kertz’ layout utility from Quoc-Huy
Lighting Studio, an online lighting diagramming utility.
PhotoDiagrams online lighting diagramming utility.

MM Threads on GENERAL LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

MM Threads on Studio Lighting Techniques

Lighting Your Subject (share lighting tips and techniques)
Let me guess your lighting! (Many lighting examples, explanations, and diagrams)
Ok, THIS is how i do it..... (Vivid color glamour outside by Ransom/Novus)
This is how i do it: Part Deux (Vivid color glamour in-studio by Ransom/Novus)
Studio lighting setup) (Technique, not equipment)
Of Shutter Speed and Flash Photography (With flash, the shutter speed is secondary at best)
Inexpensive studio lighting tricks? ($150 max budget—tricks/techniques)
background lighting (Graduated backgrounds)
Black Black backgrounds (Getting a true black)
lil help, lighting for a black background. (Keeping it black)
Forums > Photography Talk > How to make a black background BLACK! (and not navy blue)

Beauty

Hair/Rim/Accent Lighting

Vehicles

MM Threads on Natural Lighting Techniques

fill flash -swimsuit shoots in water
Getting good light in extreme overcast (Getting enough light and contrast)
Natural Light (Examples)
Natural Light (MANY Examples)

MM Threads on Mixing Sunlight with Strobes (See Portable and Location Lighting below.)

MM Threads on UNUSUAL Lighting Techniques

Exposure (See Exposure and Metering section below.)

(Last updated 7/06/2013)

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MM Threads on RING FLASH or RING LIGHTING

Ringflashes? Here's what I want to know!
(Stephen Eastwood's consolidated ringflash thread-read this first)

General

Ring Flashes
Ringflash red eye...
A good ring flash???
Best battery powered ring flash?
Has any one used a ring flash for fashion shots?
Photogs who use ringlight please look here
Anyone use a ring flash for shooting models?
Rightlight Recommendation?
Ring flash question * red eye???
Ringflash question (Getting the ring shadow)
Ring Flash - Love them? Hate them? Have one?
Ring Flash For Glamour Photography
Ring Light Flash???
Ringlight
Photoshoot with a $10 homemade ringflash (Includes examples and links to other how-to DIY sites)
Ring Flash for fashion question
My homemade ringflash!
Where can I get a cheap ringflash?

Examples

Ring Flash Examples? Sigma/Sunpak
How YOU use your ring flash
Post your best ringflash shot!
I hate ringflashes. (MANY Examples)
Photos taken with a RING FLASH
Ring flash photos ?

Brand/Model Specific

Alien Bee ABR800

Dyna-Lite Ringflash
why is the Hensel ringflash 1000$ and the AB 400$?
Hensel Ringflash Clone! (Hensel vs Elinchrom Ranger vs Lumedyne)
Ring Flash...Cheapo or Canon Brand. Any Big Diff??
MT-24EX for models and events (Canon's dedicated ringflash)
Ringflash Alternative (Flaghead’s SB800/580EX adapters)

See the DIY section below for home-built, Do It Yourself ringlights

Elsewhere on the 'net
DPREVIEW: My Home Made Ringlight: DP Review thread on building a circular fluorescent ringlight, with parts and construction details.
Strobist's DIY Ringflash


Manufacturers of RINGLIGHTS and/or RINGFLASH systems

Alien Bees
Dyna-Lite
Elinchrom
Hensel
Lumedyne ring flash
Profoto
Sunpak Dmacro 0813 or DX-12R ringlights

Some flash repair houses will make adapters so ringflash heads can be used on other pack systems. (Profoto's head, for example, can be adapted to fit on Speedotron, Norman, and Dyna-Lite packs or for Lumedyne portable flash units.)


(Last Updated 9/18/2009)

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LOCATION LIGHTING and PORTABLE FLASH

Threads and articles on using flash outside and/or away from electrical outlets. Includes discussions about inverters, generators, and battery-operated lights.

On the 'Net

Strobist: Blog about lightweight, inexpensive lighting solutions that give expensive-looking results.
ProPhotoLife's '€œProfessional Photographers' Grip Kit'€ video. (Location basics, clamps, cords, adapters, odds-and-ends, etc.)

MM Threads on PORTABLE FLASH options

This is how I roll.... DIY power system (Complete portable system, with wheels, lights, and power.)
Cspine's super snazzy DIY 'Vagabond' (Complete instructions with photos)
Power Source for On-Location Shooting (Generators, batteries, & dedicated DC units)
Power strobes outside, invertors
Pro portable lighting
Portable Power?: Detailed part-list and build instruction for a DIY Vagabond-type battery/inverter system
Digital monolights and generators
Portable Battery Power...
Homemade Portable Power Help
Portable power question.
What kind of lighting are u using on location??
options for portable battery powered strobes
Portable Lighting
location lighting equipment
Portable strobes & packs...what are you using?
Strobs Out Doors (Examples more than equipment)
Strobists w/SB-800 thread
Strobists and modifiers other than umbrellas
Bringing Studio strobes to the beach, good idea?
Speedlites? (and other portable options)
Vehicle power inverter enough to use a strobe?
using a power inverter with strobes
Best battery powered ring flash?
Inexpensive portable lighting??
DIY Vagabond Plans (With instructions)

Brand-Specific options

Alien Bees: Update on Power Invertors for AB's (Samlex issue)
AB Vagabond - need advice from experienced users
Any Broncolor Mobil users?
Elinchrom Ranger RX
Hensel Porty (And others)
Hensel: Traveling with a Hensel Porty Premium
Honda EU2000i for $700, is that a good deal? (Generators and other options)
Innovatronix portable battery unit (US-built alternatives)
Portable power that is affordable? (Innovatronix Explorer XT)
Norman 200B
Profoto Acute 1200/2400 location power...YOUR solution?
Profoto AcuteB 600R Generator (And other battery-powered strobe units)
Profoto AcuteB 600R Generator w/ Built-in Receiver
Profoto: who uses Profoto R600 lights
Profoto-7b
Speedotron Explorer 1500 Portable Power Supply
White Lighting Vagabond precautions (Inverters, generators, grounding...)
Vagabond II from Paul Buff
Vagabond II: Anyone using the Vagabond II (Paul Buff's updated battery unit)
Who has a Vagabond II??????? (2+ pages, 12/2008)
Vagabond II work well with non Alien Bees Strobes?
Vegabond II question, is this dangerous? (Grounding issues, wading in water)
Vaggabond (Inverter and battery options)
White Lightning: Does white lightening need pure sine wave inverter

Overpowering Sunlight

overpowering the sun (Examples with technical info)
Ok, THIS is how i do it..... (Both lighting and postproduction info from Ransom)
Interesting effect (Overpowering sunlight)
Over powering the Sun?
Mimicing Sunlight
How many power? (Overpowering sunlight)
Overpowering Daylight 2.0
Overpowering the sun advice
How'd They Do This?! (cuz I Wanna Do It!) - I
Post your best "overpowering the sun" shot !
Shooting at Noon (Working with/competing with the sun)
How do you guys fight nasty 12 o' clock sunlight?

Dealing with Overcast

Tips For Shooting on a Overcast/Cloudy Day
overcast beach (Shooting when gray and sunless)
Shooting in overcast conditions (2+ pages)
Getting good light in extreme overcast
Tips for shooting on an overcast,misty gray day?


Other Location Lighting Issues

Big Modifier for One Light Location Shooting
Sturdy lighting stand outdoors... (Keeping stands from falling over)
Sandbags
Sandbags -- dumb question
Alien Bees Problem (Keeping equipment from falling over outside)
On location rig Ideas?


(Last Updated 9/21/2009) 

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DIY (Do It Yourself)

On the 'Net

Strobist: Blog about lightweight, inexpensive lighting solutions that give expensive-looking results.

DIYPhotography.net: Site devoted to Do It Yourself photography projects.

Instructables.com’s Photography projects

Dale Murray’s PDF instructions for a good DIY sandbag

MM Threads on DIY Modifiers and systems

Your Best Homemade Light Modifier
Homemade light modifiers.here's what works for me (5+ pages of ideas/examples)
Sharing your Home made Photo accessories..
cheap light modifiers
post your best AlienBees hack (Most work with all systems.)
Has anyone built their own strobes?
cheap light setup
KINO-FLO lighting (alternatives) (DIY Fluorescent lights)
My new DIY Beauty Dish (Umbrella Based)
Cheap DIY reflectors?
Tips for making home-made reflectors.
DIY Zoom Spot

DIY Ringlights

DIY Grids and Snoots

Makeshift Grids (With 6+ different ways to make them.)
Shameless self-congratulatory home made grids thread
Lighting Snoot (Alternatives and DIY)

DIY Battery Units

DIY Vagabond Plans (With instructions)
Cspine's super snazzy DIY 'Vagabond' (Complete instructions with photos)
This is how I roll.... DIY power system (Complete portable system, with wheels, lights, and power.)
Vaggabond (Inverter and battery options)
Portable Power?: Detailed part-list and build instruction for a DIY Vagabond-type battery/inverter system
Homemade Portable Power Help

MM Threads on Other DIY projects
home made backdrop, what kind of paint can I use ?
Jewelry Photography question (DIY Shooting table)

(Last updated 9/2/2009)

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STUDIO SETUPS

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BACKDROP AND PROP VENDORS on the ‘Net

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Where to buy?
The most commonly recommended are B&H (Wide selection; good used department), Adorama, Calumet, Samys and a few others. I’ve had good success with Midwest Photo Exchange (MPEX) and Tallyns, both for new and used equipment.

Reccomended sites for purchases lighting?
best place to get lights, stands, softboxes,
Student/Academic pricing programs for lighting equipment

Major Strobe Lighting Manufacturers

Major Continuous Lighting Manufacturers

Arri Lighting
Cool Lights (Fluorescents and HMI)
Kino Flo (Fluorescents)
Lowel Light
Mole-Richardson

Major Lighting Modifier Manufacturers/Vendors

Chimera (Softboxes and panels)
FJWestcott (Softboxes, lights, and ScrimJim panels)
Larson Enterprises (Softboxes and panels)
LightTools (Grids for softboxes and panels)
Mola (Beauty Dishes)
Photoflex (Softboxes and panels)
Plume (Softboxes and umbrellas)

(Last updated 1/9/09)

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Sync Cords and Remote Triggers

Sync Cords

Radio Triggers

Pocket Wizards

Cactus/Gadget Infinity

Elinchrom Skyport

Paul Buff CyberSync

Radio Poppers.

Misc.

(Last updated 8/19/2009)

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