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Dec 16, 2011 20:29 |  #16

Hey man, don't get discouraged. I would definitely return that lighting kit, but I can see how it looked like an attractive offer at that price. We've all started where you were and some good ol' perseverance will get you to that pro level you want to be at!

Like starkyrulz said, don't try to do too much at once. Portrait photography is tricky. Make sure you master all of the controls of your camera and are 100% comfortable shooting in manual before you try out portrait photography. Once you master composition and your camera then you're ready to get a flash and try out some portrait stuff.

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Dec 16, 2011 23:16 |  #17

Chin up brother, I was at basically the same stage as you not so long ago. Decided I wanted to get into the studio portrait stuff and basically... I didn't have a clue! Gonzogolf (and others) will testify to that! :) Not that I'm any Lord Lichfield now, but my shots are 'considerably' better, due mainly to this place.

Have a good read at the 'Small Flash and Studio Lighting' section here - some great info and very well written - which takes you through studio lighting in simple, easy to follow steps. Post your shots up here, get the feedback, and try again. You'll be amazed at how quickly you improve.

I'd also suggest getting used to shooting in manual, as others have said. It looks daunting at first, but really isn't that difficult. Also learn to use the histogram. And, don't be scared to ask stupid questions... I still ask them all the time, but the fact is, you'll get the answers here. If you don't get the answer you're looking for... keep nagging... you'll get it eventually! :)

I look forward to seeing more of your uploads! :)

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Dec 17, 2011 11:31 as a reply to  @ JimMcrae's post |  #18

Ok, I moved the lights and I asked my 9 year old daughter to take a picture of me. I guess she did a better job than me. I use aperture for PP. …157628438142459​/lightbox/ (external link)

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Dec 17, 2011 12:16 |  #19

ok i know photography is toke me years to get most of the suff that I needed.
I think the only usable thing from the kit that you got are the stands 4 stand for $60 thas not bad.
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Dec 18, 2011 20:02 as a reply to  @ frankxsi's post |  #20

I've saved a bunch of money by finding equipment on craigslist. Folks that have bought stuff, never used it, and now they want their space back. I got a great lighting kit for less than 50% of the new cost...and everything is just like new. Be patient with building a studio kit and you can find great deals.

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Dec 19, 2011 20:31 |  #21

This is one of those very many situations where OP is trying to solve "user" errors by buying more stuff.

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