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Hi everyone,

I am hosting a boudoir photography marathon in a couple of months and I am in the process of getting all my gear together and sorting out what's what and I am in serious need of help with what type of lighting I should get.

It is at a local hotel with a minimal amount of natural light. I have an on camera flash with a Gary Fong lightsphere and a reflector but I would like to purchase a simple and AFFORDABLE lighting kit. Any suggestions?

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AMH25 wrote in post #7603831external link
Hi everyone,

I am hosting a boudoir photography marathon in a couple of months and I am in the process of getting all my gear together and sorting out what's what and I am in serious need of help with what type of lighting I should get.

It is at a local hotel with a minimal amount of natural light. I have an on camera flash with a Gary Fong lightsphere and a reflector but I would like to purchase a simple and AFFORDABLE lighting kit. Any suggestions?

You may want to think about renting equipment for the day. If you only do this every once in a while, it may make sense. If you're "close" to TO you can look at Headshots, or Vistek. He're the rental page from Headshots: http://www.headshotsre​ntals.com/rentals/valu​e_kits.htmlexternal link

The benefit is that you would get the use of better equipment than you could likely afford to buy. The downside is that you're renting...

If you're intent on buying check out craigslist. They seem to have a never-ending supply of gear for sale, from low-end and up.

Good luck with your shoot.

Cheers.

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I'd suggest renting too, if you can't afford to buy it outright now. They should run a few hundred for the weekend.

If you can afford to buy; I'd suggest the Genesis 200 kit, or the Elinchrom Dlite2 kit. Both can use the same modifiers- like softboxes, snoots, reflectors, etc. The Genesis is less than the Dlite kit, but a worthy entry level kit.

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I agree with above. With vistek their weekend rental rate is quite reasonable. If you go cheap, say ebay lighting, you are looking to spend 300 minimum for 2 strobes with umbrellas and lightstands. Better yet invite people who have lighting gears and share.

Post #4, Mar 28, 2009 11:39:48


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I'd say rent some stuff, you'll get a decent Elinchrom set with boxes for a good price.

If your convinced on buying then look at a D-Lite set that you can then continue to grow and add more heads/boxes too etc.

Post #5, Mar 29, 2009 10:57:47 as a reply to kenwood33's post 23 hours earlier.


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Alienbees are an economical choice and good lights, at least all of my research leads to that conclusion. I just bought some and am awaiting delivery.

Post #6, Mar 30, 2009 06:47:53 as a reply to chris78cpr's post 19 hours earlier.


Bodies, Lenses, Lights, Stands, Transmitters, Receivers, Tripods, Meters, etc...

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Flashlight, tripod....

The second image is light painting done with a flashlight.
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=647479

lights on
focus
lights off
flashlight on
click
paint light for 15-30s in manual at f8 or higher

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those are cool Jeff. Nicely done.

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AMH25 wrote in post #7603831external link
Hi everyone,

I am hosting a boudoir photography marathon in a couple of months and I am in the process of getting all my gear together and sorting out what's what and I am in serious need of help with what type of lighting I should get.

It is at a local hotel with a minimal amount of natural light. I have an on camera flash with a Gary Fong lightsphere and a reflector but I would like to purchase a simple and AFFORDABLE lighting kit. Any suggestions?

Hard to know what to recommend without knowing how much you want to spend.

Post #9, Mar 31, 2009 13:36:51


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If it were me, (assuming you have at least a speedlight) I'd get a Wescott Apollo kitexternal link and stand. If you cannot afford wireless remotes, just get a long sync cable for now. Balance between the flash and available, stopping down slightly on the avail light.

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