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#1 dscottwoodruff

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 12:25 PM

Hi,

 

I am wanting to pursue portrait photography and I really have no idea about lighting and essential (other than camera/lenses) equipment. Being that I have no studio, I need to be able to easily transport basic equipment and set up outdoors or in peoples' homes. I have found what looks like a fairly inexpensive package on Amazon that includes the following (let me know if this looks appropriate/adequate for starting out - thanks!) :
 

Neewer Photo Studio Strobe Flash Light and Softbox Lighting Kit:(2)300W Monolight Flash,(2)Light Stands,(2)Softbox,(1)RT-16 Wireless Trigger,(1)Bag for Video Shooting,Location and Portrait Photograph

 

 

 



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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:17 PM

Hi, sorry to type that I have no expertise in portraiture, though can I suggest you consider C&T`s book "Stunning Digital Photography" which has a chapter dedicated to portraiture of all types and obviously contains a section on lighting... as with all sections of the book it contains links to you tube vids they have made to accompany the text and illustrations.....

 

Purchase of the book also provides access to the closed section of this forum which has a portraiture section that contains an amount of past postings that you might enjoy viewing..


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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:44 PM

Thanks geedee, I have the book, so I will pay attention to the relevant chapter.



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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:56 PM

Sounds like you're well sorted as far as gear goes.

Check out the one light setup that Chelsea demos in a recent video.

 

Have a look at the head shot videos by Peter Hurley on youtube for starters.  Might give you some inspiration ;-)

https://www.youtube....eterhurleyphoto


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 02:13 AM

Hi Dave, hope you can still get access to the closed part of the forum as George was the most regular poster in the portrait section there, he made created some great images for us all to enjoy and in the process did not seem to need to use a lot of kit...


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 10:31 AM

Before you buy anything, also check out strobist Dave's great site on lighting on the cheap, has some really good tutorials and equipment suggestions.

http://strobist.blogspot.ca/

 

I bought a Neewer video set of 2x stands and softboxes with continuous lighting for making some youtube videos.

While the stands and softboxes are serviceable they are lite weight and on the flimsy side, they need sandbags if there is any wind to keep them from blowing over. 

 

I originally had sets of the cheep Chinese radio triggers for my White-Lightnings/Alien-Bees, they had short range and misfired a lot, I upgraded to mid priced (as compared to pocket wizards) Cactus triggers which seem to work reliably to hundreds of feet.


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