A&P Cheap slave flashes + stands?

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  1. dano

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    I'm tired of the P&S look with the on-camera flash and want to get into this type of photography.

    And by cheap I don't mean dirt cheap crap, more like something decent but still won't break the bank.

    And I guess I need triggers or whatever too. I'm fairly clueless on this shit in case you haven't noticed, but a niggah's gotta start somewhere.

    Where should I be lookin'? :)
     
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  2. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    Get one of the strobist kits from mpex.com.. They've got everything you need to get started :dunno:
     
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  5. dano

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    I just want some fucking flashes and stands and whatever is required to make them function. There's too much to read there and I'm lazy. Relax killer.
     
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    Those are some of the basics when it comes to what you need, though. How are you going to know how to use the stuff if you don't read about it? :confused:
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    in for clusterfuck.jpg
     
  8. dano

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    Read, practice, read, practice.

    God forbid I try it out and realize I need to learn about something in specific. :noes:
     
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    you got a strobe? tried bouncing it? dont really need stands/triggers to escape the crap look.
     
  10. dano

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    I want it for more than that. Killing shadows in portraits and what not. I've done mostly outdoor photography and want to move to indoor a little more and you gotta start somewhere.

    For example, I took a family shot of us in front of the Christmas tree and we had horrible shadows. Now, if I'm thinking right, if I had another flash off to the left of us (right of camera) I could have killed that shadow.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I basically learned by trial and error (practicing). Just get two slave/strobe kits and practice.
     
  12. dano

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    Thank you. :bigthumb:

    I loved this shot you took BTW:

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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I'm down in Virginia with the family for the holidays. The extra speedlites are coming in handy for all of the family shots. I'm just bouncing them off the walls and ceilings since there's not much space for the umbrellas. My sister used this shot for her Christmas cards (420EX, 430EX, 580EX). I'll be moving towards wireless set ups next so that I can get more creative with the lighting.
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    Nice work mang.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i like this image alot, only critisizm is the blown highlights really distract my eye.
     
  16. Jhegro

    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    there are hundereds of different flashes out there to choose from. sunpak 383's and vivitar 285's are the most popular it seems. u'll need some way to fire them. hot shoe triggers, pc cords, or you can go wireless. the bolts that go from the stand to however way you would like to mount it to the strobe also differs in sizes. so unless you know what YOU want, its rather difficult to tell you what to buy. so do your research.
     
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    get a 550ex or 580ex and bounce it, you don't always need to have the flash off of the camera

    built-in flash ftmfl
     
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    I did look around and wireless looked like a nice option all-around, but I come to the almighty OTAP for suggestions on which exact setup because I know if I pick one myself and make a "Why isn't this working" thread I'll get yelled at because I picked a shitty one. :rofl:
     
  19. Jhegro

    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    reliable wireless aint cheap. pocket wizards are the industry standard and come in at 200 a pop. u'll need one for the cam, and one for each flash. meaning if u have a camera and 2 flashes, thats 600 in just wireless triggers. on the flip side, gadgetinfinity sells wireless triggers. they are like...20 bucks. but they arent 100% reliable, meaning they dont fire al the time, nor does it have the range. a good medium inbetween would be the elinchrome triggers, pricey, and doesnt work with the vivitar 285's for some reason. all this stuff is on strobist and their flickr site.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    my GI's have pretty good range
    [​IMG]

    and the only misfire complaints I have are due to the battery needing replaced.
     
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    did you do the antenna hack? or is that just stock? and does it fire every time you trigger it?
     
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    completely stock. I fired it about 30 times from that location and it went every time.
     
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    :werd: The GI triggers aren't nearly as unreliable as everyone says they are. The main reason they misfire is due to old batteries in either the trigger itself or in the flash.. I had about 5 misfires in 10 shots and then replaced the batteries in the flash and everything worked fine. :dunno:
     
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