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Can someone please recommend a basic set up please

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Feb 27, 2012 04:58 |  #1

Hi Everyone

I've mainly been into Landscape photography but have been getting many requests to do some portrait work. I've purchased a lastolite white paper roll and the lastolite background support but need help on what else is needed. I have a Canon 580EXii flash.

So what do I need?? I was thinking maybe some kind of continuos lightsource perhaps, softbox, stands etc??

Please remember I'm in the UK so products i can get hold of here would be helpful and i'm on a budget so no mega bucks ideas. have around £400-£500 to spend in all.

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Feb 27, 2012 05:38 |  #2

Take a look at lastolite ezybox's and calumet do some ok cheapish wireless triggers in their pro series

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Feb 27, 2012 06:05 |  #3

Um, interfit has some cheap stuff.

Gear: 5D Mark II, Canon 85mm 1.2 L ,Canon 17-40mm F4L
Canon 24-70mm F2.8L, Canon 70-200mm F4L
580 exII x2
Rf602 triggers
Etc, Etc, ETC

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Feb 27, 2012 18:55 as a reply to  @ chrisandaivi's post |  #4

In general continuous lights are not very good for photography. Working indoors you want your lights to overpower any ambient light in the room so you don't end up with a mixture of tungsten or florescent light with whatever color temperature your lights are. You also would like enough light to use ISO 100, f/8 or f/11. If you get continuous lights that are that bright, they are going to be hot and make your subject squint. You will have trouble getting portraits with nice looking eyes in them.

For photographing portraits you generally need flash or strobes. You can take portraits with your 580EX II flash in a medium softbox or umbrella and a reflector to provide fill. This won't get you to ISO 100 f/11, but you could probably do f/5.6 or increase the ISO for more depth of field. This setup would be inexpensive, but the white background paper is not going to look "white". To get white background paper to look really white, you have to use a minimum of 2 lights on the background, and 4 would be better.

There are some inexpensive strobe kits available in the US. With the white paper background you probably need at least 4 strobes. One for key, one for fill, and 2 for the white paper background. I have no idea what is available in the UK, so I cannot comment on specific brands.

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