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Apr 12, 2012 13:48 |  #1
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Hi all! (First post. ;))

I'm the owner of a Rebel T3i, and I want to get my feet wet with off camera lighting and flash via the 430 EX II.

I've never owned a flash before, so I'm wondering if there are any accessories I should consider before making my purchase?

Thanks for your help.


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Apr 12, 2012 14:03 |  #2

Start off simple with an umbrella. I think they're often underrated and overlooked as "newbie" modifiers just because they're cheap. Everyone is so quick to discount them and head for softboxes. Softboxes are great and have their place, but so do umbrellas.


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Apr 12, 2012 14:06 |  #3

A convertible umbrella (one that will allow you to use it as refelective and shoot through). You get a bigger softer light source for less money than with a softbox. Combine that with an inexpensive 4 in one reflector for fill and you can do a lot of great stuff.




  
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Apr 12, 2012 14:09 |  #4

Having gone thru my fair share of umbrellas, I really like Westcott's collapsible convertible umbrellas. Really nice for on location/portable use.


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Apr 12, 2012 14:11 |  #5
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Portable is certainly important...

I'll check out the Westcott brand.


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Apr 12, 2012 17:11 |  #6

Welcome, I suggest one of these (external link). Wait, T3i works as master no?

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Apr 12, 2012 17:52 |  #7

If you use an umbrella outdoors, get a sandbag or an assistant to make sure it doesn't take flight.


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Apr 13, 2012 08:57 |  #8

StoFen omnibounce is an accessoire thats on my speedlite pretty much all the time. I love it. I have two, the white one and the golden one.

Never used the golden one though. :|


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Apr 13, 2012 09:47 |  #9

Mjolnir wrote in post #14258761 (external link)
StoFen omnibounce is an accessoire thats on my speedlite pretty much all the time. I love it. I have two, the white one and the golden one.

Never used the golden one though. :|

Please do some research on these. They dont do what you probably think they do. Mostly a waste of money.




  
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Apr 13, 2012 09:56 |  #10

I would recommend the LumiQuest ProMax System as a good flash accessory. I also agree with everyone else about umbrellas.


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Apr 13, 2012 10:04 |  #11

gonzogolf wrote in post #14259054 (external link)
Please do some research on these. They dont do what you probably think they do. Mostly a waste of money.

I prefer this: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_A17_Bounce_Dif​fuser.html (external link)


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Apr 13, 2012 10:09 |  #12

Sorry but its the same problem as the stofen. They dont increase the size of the light source and depend solely on the ability to bounce light around the room. If you have surfaces to bounce off of, you dont need one in the first place.




  
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Apr 13, 2012 10:09 |  #13

I thought the StoFen was a magical, fix it all accessory?!?! No?? ;)

I've got (1) for a 430EXII. I use it, at times, for background lighting... that's about it.

Other than the needed accessories to get the flash firing off camera, and the umbrella/stand that have already been mentioned... I would also suggest some basic color correction gels.


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Apr 13, 2012 10:59 |  #14

You'll love using the 430EX II off camera with wireless control from your T3i pop-up. I've been doing this with two 430EXs controlled by my 60D for over a year, and it works extremely well over the range Canon stipulates. As a very good portable softbox, I recommend the Lumiquest Softbox III. It is big enough to have a have a significant softening effect if it's within about 3-4 feet of the subject, which makes it very effective for head and shoulders portraits. You can also hold it attached to your flash off camera with your left hand and shoot with your right. Check out the Lumiquest site:

http://www.lumiquest.c​om …umiQuest-SoftBox-III.html (external link)

As stated above, some gels would also be useful.


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Apr 13, 2012 11:27 |  #15

HughR wrote in post #14259419 (external link)
You'll love using the 430EX II off camera with wireless control from your T3i pop-up. I've been doing this with two 430EXs controlled by my 60D for over a year, and it works extremely well over the range Canon stipulates. As a very good portable softbox, I recommend the Lumiquest Softbox III. It is big enough to have a have a significant softening effect if it's within about 3-4 feet of the subject, which makes it very effective for head and shoulders portraits. You can also hold it attached to your flash off camera with your left hand and shoot with your right. Check out the Lumiquest site:

http://www.lumiquest.c​om …umiQuest-SoftBox-III.html (external link)

As stated above, some gels would also be useful.

I thought the control functionality from the pop-up flash was only available on the 60D and the 7D??


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