A&P OT A&P, Sell me my first off camera flash setup

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  1. Jbrown

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    Anyone have any decent, well working flashes they want to set me up with?

    I have around $80 to spend..
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    Maybe a 285HV?


    Or maybe light stand, umbrella, etc.

    Thanks :o

    PM or post here with what ya got.
     
  2. Jbrown

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    care damnit
     
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    Not gonna happen for $80 man.
     
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    Not for a whole set up. I've got some poverty wizards I can sell you.
     
  5. Jbrown

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    Oh I know not entire setup.

    Just pieces.


    Someone on Flickr Strobist group is giving me poverty wizards for free.

    He made a thread and said whoever posted first and needed them got them. :eek5:
     
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    Like right now, maybe a lightly used 285HV. :hs:
     
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    Good deal. If you're on a super budget, you cant go wrong with the 285HV
     
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    Just don't buy it from Nick Robinson
     
  9. Jbrown

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    thinking I'll just buy 285 new for like 80...


    What's better to start with, umbrella, or soft box?


    I know how umbrella works, but not soft box.


    Light just go inside/behind box?


    Thanks :)
     
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    :werd:

    I hear all his shit is broken.
     
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    Umbrella is more portable. There is a reason the strobist kits use them and not softboxes. I got a 43" soft silver, but wish I would have gotten the white one.
     
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    buy a shoot through umbrella.


    soft boxes are for faggots.
     
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    I see. But do soft boxes produce better results?

    From what I've seen in the modeling scene around here, more soft boxes are used that umbrellas.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    I guess what I meant by that is that softboxes have their advantages, but only if you're using really strong studio lighting in a studio environment.

    For the rest of the universe, shoot through umbrellas are easily a better choice.

    they're more portable, more efficient, are more versatile, and are equally as soft.

    The only advantage a soft box has is that it has dual diffusion, so it can be softer from further away. But it requires 11ty x power to do so.
     
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    clam shell lighting gives you a massive softbox effect. :eek3:
     
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    clamshell lighting can be done with softboxes too! :eek3:
     
  18. Jbrown

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    I see.


    So I can just go with one of these kits on MPEX and be happy?
     
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    I don't see why not. :dunno: It's all the essentials.
     
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    yup.

    I shot all of my film noir stuff with 2 off camera speed lights and shoot through umbrellas.

    www.32countiesphoto.com/noir
     
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    Do I need the gels, snoot, etc?


    I can't justgo with flash, stand, umbrella? :o
     
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    In all those shots, what is in the BG?


    black backdrop?


    I always wonder how people get shots like that, with just white/black backgrounds.
     
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    You're going to want an umbrella bracket too. I'd just go with the kit. You'll want everything in it eventually.
     
  25. jared_IRL

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    you need a flash, a wireless firing system, a stand, a hotshoe/stand/umbrella adapter and an umbrella.

    snoots and gels can be made at home out of cardboard and colored plastic.
     

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