A&P Just got light stands and umbrellas w00t

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  1. fallenauthority

    fallenauthority OT Supporter

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    So I ordered a stand and umbrella kit from B&H and a 60" westcott umbrella and I played around with it for a few shots tonight.
    This was just to test lighting because the shots I took are the first ones I have done with off camera lighting, courtesy of my cactus V4 triggers, which btw, I am loving. This shot was done with my 430EXII full power shot into the westcott 60" umbrella. Is this about the kind of light I should be looking for? Again, this pic was not for composition because I know it is not award winning composition, just lighting setup testing.
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    the pic below w/ almost the same setup. 60 inch umbrella (shoot through), Nikon Flash, triggered w/ PWs. Practice... and watch the OneLight DVD.

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    As Girth said, watch the OneLight DVD, it's mind blowing.

    As for your shot, there's too much flash, neverminding the background, the shot is just flat and blah. Next time, try closing up the umbrella so it's collapsed and then have it position 45 degrees from your subject and I guarantee the light will be more dramatic and interesting.
     
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    Want the dvd, but dont want to pay...
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    thats a shame...
     
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    I think it's worth it. You will gain A LOT of knowledge and just as important, motivation.
     
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    So is the 8' Impact stand the one most people are using for strobist type setups?

    Agreed.
     
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    upgrayedd a double dose of this pimpin OT Supporter

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    From what I've read on here, most are going with the 9.5'-10' stand...
     
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    upgrayedd a double dose of this pimpin OT Supporter

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    Probably going to make an order this week for an umbrella, stand, and some triggers. :coold:
     
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    Once again, subject and background is not interesting, just testing lighting. I think these came out significantly better, but what do I know, I am a newb.
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    Get your focus on and crop a detail of #2 maybe. You also should find an aperture range that works for you at each range. don't choose something that will just barely make the background blurry unless that's what you want, either close it down or open it up. I know these are just lighting tests, but you're probably never going to shoot at this distance, with this light, with this aperture, so why not shoot it for real?
     
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    Ok, night number three in my testing on these. This time I did shoot through on a 32" umbrella.
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  14. jackjohnson

    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    how much does all that shit typically cost? to rent?

    I've never shot with flash but wouldn't mind light stands and stuff for outdoor shooting of action shots @ night
     
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    The stand kit with 2 stands, 2 32" umbrellas, 2 umbrella mounts, was 98$, My flash was like 300$, my cactus V4 triggers were 40 bucks, and my 60" umbrella was i believe 30 bucks.
     

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