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Mar 10, 2008 14:54 |  #1

NAPP founder, author and Nikon fanboy extraordinare Scott Kelby is filling his blog with recommendations on lighting gear this week, so I thought I'd throw a few links up.

Just be sure to read the whole post. When he says you'll need "Some kind of diffuser to soften and spread the light from their flash," he's not talking Sto-Fen or Fong. He means you need an umbrella!

Day 1: Wedding/Portrait Location Lighting Setup (on a Budget)external link

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Day 4external link

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Mar 10, 2008 14:56 |  #2

Good read.


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Mar 10, 2008 14:57 |  #3

Nikon fanboy extraordinare

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Mar 10, 2008 15:29 |  #4

Well I do agree that the Nikon system is better. I rather use old Nikon Flashes SB-24, 26, 28 for off shoe flash guns.


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Mar 10, 2008 15:35 |  #5

Can we get that link moved to a sticky somewhere? That would be a nice read for a lot of people who are just starting out and might want to learn from that blog. ^^/


..... even if he IS a Nikon fanboy.:lol:


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Mar 10, 2008 17:43 |  #6

What is the advantage of Nikon Commander mode, it requires the use of the pop-up flash to control the others. What if I don't want straight on pop-up flash? Is the flash output low enough.

Last year I tried this with my friends D70 and it always seemed to be to much flash from the popup.


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Mar 10, 2008 18:06 as a reply to davidfig's post |  #7

i was at the strobist seminar in orlando a month ago and scott kelby and a couple of other photoshop guys was there also attending. i was certaintly suprised when i heard him introduce himself. cool guys though :D


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Mar 10, 2008 20:33 |  #8

davidfig wrote in post #5088371external link
What is the advantage of Nikon Commander mode, it requires the use of the pop-up flash to control the others. What if I don't want straight on pop-up flash? Is the flash output low enough.

Last year I tried this with my friends D70 and it always seemed to be to much flash from the popup.

When in commander mode, the flashes (theoretically, at least) occur before the exposure is made. However, Nikon makes a gizmo that blocks all visible light from the pop-up flash while passing infrared. It's called the SG-3IR.

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Mar 10, 2008 22:26 as a reply to tetrode's post |  #9

I picked up his Digital Photography book vol. 1 for dirt cheap on a library sale rack for well under $10. Just a great bathroom reader, I'm not joking on this - great book if you are stuck in lines at the airport.

I enjoyed the book so well I paid full price for his vol. 2 of the book that just came out. Nothing earth shaking or brand new, but just some nice quick reads. I imagine his blog will cover most of this. This day one tip was in book no. 2.


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Mar 12, 2008 07:05 |  #10

I just added a link to the Day 3 post.

It's apparent that Scott's definition of "on a budget" and mine are rather different. Today he's pushing the Westcott Spyderlites, which he admits require a tripod and are rather useless for toddlers, along with accesories that add up to $726 for a one-light kit. And he calls it "suprisingly affordable"

? :rolleyes:


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Curtis N wrote in post #5099355external link
I just added a link to the Day 3 post.

It's apparent that Scott's definition of "on a budget" and mine are rather different. Today he's pushing the Westcott Spyderlites, which he admits require a tripod and are rather useless for toddlers, along with accesories that add up to $726 for a one-light kit. And he calls it "suprisingly affordable"

? :rolleyes:

I think you and I live in the same world, which is separate from Kelby's. To me, a "surprisingly affordable" setup is a light or two that I can get for the price of a prosumer prime, or less, not something that costs more than two B1600s.

In other words, Sunpak + cheap umbrella + stand + adapter bracket = ~$150


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Mar 12, 2008 10:03 |  #12

Curtis N wrote in post #5099355external link
I just added a link to the Day 3 post.

It's apparent that Scott's definition of "on a budget" and mine are rather different. Today he's pushing the Westcott Spyderlites, which he admits require a tripod and are rather useless for toddlers, along with accesories that add up to $726 for a one-light kit. And he calls it "suprisingly affordable"

? :rolleyes:

That actually is rather budget for pro-level quality anything for a studio. The Spyder lights or DLBF are becoming a very popular type of light all of a sudden. Scott appears to like them more then most however. These same 3 post from him are in his books. Especially vol. 2.

I will have to admit, I am amazed at the number of folks that will drop $1000 on an L lens without thought, but dropping that same amount on studio gear is another story - but in all likely hood will do more for your work then the lens.

Most are likely better off with a $300 lens and $1000 lights instead of the inverse.


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Mar 12, 2008 10:06 |  #13

^ I have a few of his books... Easy reads with helpful tips and suggestions... Add the humor to the mix and you've got yourself a captured reader... Thanks for the "Sticky" on his lighting recommendations!!!

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Mar 12, 2008 11:17 |  #14

MrChad wrote in post #5100286external link
That actually is rather budget for pro-level quality anything for a studio.

Agreed. But the full-time studio shooter istn't Scott's audience. Read the comments to his posts and you realize that the majority of his readers are amateurs looking to take their next step without breaking the bank.

I am amazed at the number of folks that will drop $1000 on an L lens without thought, but dropping that same amount on studio gear is another story - but in all likely hood will do more for your work then the lens. Most are likely better off with a $300 lens and $1000 lights instead of the inverse.

While I would agree that a lot of people fret too much about lens and body rather than lighting, I think the advantages of the higher end lighting equipment have more to do with ease of use than image quality.


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Mar 12, 2008 14:21 |  #15

Curtis N wrote in post #5100674external link
Agreed. But the full-time studio shooter istn't Scott's audience. Read the comments to his posts and you realize that the majority of his readers are amateurs looking to take their next step without breaking the bank.While I would agree that a lot of people fret too much about lens and body rather than lighting, I think the advantages of the higher end lighting equipment have more to do with ease of use than image quality.

A few flashes, some stands, umbrellas and/or softboxes quickly add up the same price as the Westcott lights. And in the end for some applications it may be a better solution for some and not cost a penny more, and will likely work with any camera or system you own.

That wouldn't hold true so much for a duo or trio of EX or Nikon speedlites. Both have pros and cons.

Kelby is also Mr. Anti umbrella and I disagree, but oh well.


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