Hello everyone. It has been awhile since you have heard from me, however, I'm on here almost everyday reading. I'm still in the learning process that I started years ago. Photography is a continuous learning process.
A year ago, I had purchased studio lights. Actually not long after purchasing my camera. My "studio" lighting setup includes continuous lighting, 3 light stands, Westcott 6-in-1 42" reflector kit, Photoflex backdrop kit and I have a couple backdrops, multiple carrying cases and thats about it. (Excluding camera related items and 580exII flash and Pocketwizards)
My lights are:
(1) Photoflex Starlite Kit
(1) Photoflex Octodome Kit
My problem is this:
I don't have a place for these lights so I barely use them. My original thoughts were that I would go to people's houses and set up if they wanted portraits done. I haven't done that yet. I have taken many photos for people: parties, family get-togethers, senior portraits, personal portraits, publicity photo shoot for a friend (for the back of his book) and out of everything that I have done, they were all done with my 580ex ii flash off camera, bouncing the flash with my reflector kit. And majority of them were outdoors, on location.
I'm thinking about getting a mobile mono-light setup. Possibly Alien bees with a Vagabond II battery pack(?). My question is this: Should I sell my continous lights to fund a portable, on-location setup?
I might be taking a big loss though. I have a couple options:
1) Sell everything, buy new. Including new softboxes and stands. (My thought is that I'm more likely to sell everything together than just two light fixtures with bulbs)
2) Sell lights only, buy new lights and buy new speedrings for my softboxes (that I would keep).
3) Keep the lights, save up and buy a portable setup in addition to what I have. (Money is a problem)
I also have another concern: Photoflex sells two different, but similar, types of softboxes. One of them is for continuous and the other is for strobes. If I bought alien bees and bought the photoflex softbox connector to match, would I get good results using the boxes I have that are designed for cont. lights?
So, If I sell what I have, it would include: (2) continuous light fixtures, (2) 1000w bulbs, (1) 500w bulb, (1) medium softbox, (1) medium octodome softbox, (2) speedrings.