A&P Team- learn me a on a decent lighting set up v. x-mas list

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  1. Tonster MBA

    Tonster MBA OT'r of the Year 2013 OT Supporter

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    So my mom asked what I wanted for Christmas, I am hoping she will buy me something nice if it is for photography instead of something she would deem a waste of time [rock climbing, snowboarding]. So what should I ask for.


    The only lighting equipment I have is an Sb600. - I shot nikon.

    So I need a small list of what some good start up stuff would be to have, stand, umbrellas, poppers, softbox. I really have no clue what is good and what is most important to control lighting.

    Help me out guys! Thanks! :wavey:


    /edit: links would be helpful too!
     
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    you could get a decent single light setup pretty cheap :o

    umbrella
    light stand
    umbrella mount
    poverty wizards


    I made a thread eons ago here with links to everything :o
     
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    impact light stands
    umbrella(s)
    flashzebra umbrella mounts
    flashzebra pc to hoeshoe adapter
    cybersyncs
     
  4. Tonster MBA

    Tonster MBA OT'r of the Year 2013 OT Supporter

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    Well I am kinda noob to this - There is so much out there, I don't know what is good what is bad. Do you think you could link me to what you would buy if you had to invest in some stuff?
    Because I don't know the difference between umbrella (a) and umbrell (b) or if there even is a difference! what does the PC to hotshoe adapter do?
     
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    Tonster MBA OT'r of the Year 2013 OT Supporter

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    Do you think its better to buy this kinda stuff online, or is a tripod and umbrella going to be just as expensive to ship, as it would minus out the savings.
     
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    Order from BH. I bought a small lightstand when I started from a place by my house. For the same price I could've gotten a lightstand that was much better and sturdier. They'll run around 45 bucks for a decent one, a generic umbrella holder will be around 15 and an umbrella will be between 15-30. I would go with a shoot through umbrella OR get a convertible one (I think my friend got one of those for like 20 bucks).

    Then order yourself a pair of these:

    www.gadgetinfinity.com

    They're cheap, plastic but they get the job done. I've had them about 10 months now and no real complaints here.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v348/Exsk8r224/Pictures/Lauren_Mike_Sitting_Color_.jpg

    Single umbrella with an SB-800
     
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    I like your use of the word 'Team'.

    I will likely be purchasing some similar items soon. I have similar gear right now. I'm working with an SB-600, AB400, and a D300.
     
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    If you shoot Nikon (provided that you have a d70 or later camera), why not use CLS?
     
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    cliffs on what that is?




    Also, thanks for all the input guys!! :wavey:
     
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    Creative Lighting System, Nikon's wireless flash system that is already built in your camera. It rocks. Save your money on the pocket wizards. You can control groups of flashes independently all TTL, or however you like. You already have an SB-600. It works with CLS. Check out the video on it.

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    Yeah, but isn't CLS IR? = Line of sight ftl.

    I thought I read that somewhere ~ :dunno: I have not looked into it again since then tbh
     
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    In my case you have to shoot with your pop of flash for that to work... I don't like it.... :hsd:
     
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    I've heard the CLS doesn't work that well if you use a softbox.

    Honestly, the choice of umbrella is up to you. I use 60" westcott convertible shoot-through umbrella - some say it's too big, but zack arias uses it, so I can too.

    PM tetsuo about the OneLight dvd - the first part of it goes over what you need and the rest of it shows you how to use it. don't mess with the strobist site, it's really a lot to take in if you don't know whats going on. This coming from somebody who used to read it religiously.

    One thing to think about though is how portable you want your system to be. That will ultimately tell you what to look for/buy.
     
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    You can set it to where the pop-up flash does not contribute to the lighting of the picture. It is very flexible. Or you could get a SU-800 to command the flash. It just is used as a commander to control the other flashes.

    I'm not trying to convert you to CLS, you just already have everything you need to practice off camera lighting, free right now. Indoors it works very well where you have walls to bounce around the IR signal. You don't have to have LOS indoors most of the time. Outdoors radio poppers are much better.
     
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    Well, let me first say thank you for your input, I have used it before and I do like it, but I think it would be easier to just put pocket wizards on my x-mas list then have to deal with CLS. :wiggle: for still allowing your parents to buy you stuff!
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    :mamoru: sending a pm now.
     
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    Only thing that sucks about CLS is that if you're shooting an event and people use their P+S they steal your flash too, found that out last time I shot. Which makes me wonder if I can use a PS at high speed since theres no mirror...I just gotta find someone with a P+S to test it. I would get the cactus triggers, I mean they're cheap as hell anyway.

    I personally I hate using CLS with my 600 and 800. I find it easier to adjust the flashes by walking up to them than going through my camera's menus adjusting them there.
     

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