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noddy-pecker
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Jan 06, 2013 16:15 |  #1

Hi guys - my first post!
If possible I would like some advice regarding studio lighting. I am planning on purchasing a Canon Speedlight 580ex mkii, however what other lighting would you recomend to get me started - there seems to be so many options and decisions?! Umberellas/ softboxes? Constant/slave lights? How many lights/flashes and what wattage?!

I need to buy and get sorted with them asap as I've promised some friends a photoshoot at the end of this month!




  
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Jan 06, 2013 17:11 |  #2
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You could get two 580's, two tripods, two soft boxes to mount on flash and a camera mounted canon transmitter. Easy and fairly cheap way of doing it.


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Jan 06, 2013 18:52 |  #3

Noddy, welcome to POTN!

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I need to buy and get sorted with them asap as I've promised some friends a photoshoot at the end of this month!

Yeah.

That's kind of a problem. You don't learn studio lighting overnight.
Your options are nearly unlimited. However, most local photography stores will carry economy light stands, umbrella brackets and umbrellas that won't set you back too far.


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Jan 07, 2013 17:32 as a reply to  @ Curtis N's post |  #4

Thanks for the replies.
Ebjo - the 580's you mentioned, are you suggesting I use two Canon Speedlight 580's?




  
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Jan 07, 2013 17:40 |  #5

noddy-pecker wrote in post #15453131 (external link)
Hi guys - my first post!
If possible I would like some advice regarding studio lighting. I am planning on purchasing a Canon Speedlight 580ex mkii, however what other lighting would you recomend to get me started - there seems to be so many options and decisions?! Umberellas/ softboxes? Constant/slave lights? How many lights/flashes and what wattage?!

I need to buy and get sorted with them asap as I've promised some friends a photoshoot at the end of this month!

You can do a creditable job with one speedlite, an umbrella and a piece of white foam core for a reflector. There is a page on my tutorial site (see below) that describes how I emulate north window light with a single speedlite. That may be a good place to start.

Have fun.

This was shot with a single speedlite (600EX-RT) in an Apollo Orb knockoff.


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Jan 07, 2013 17:50 |  #6
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Yes two 580's can be used together. the settings can be different on each flash for a single picture. One flash could be full power and second could be1/2 or 1/4 which could improve the photo by showing different highlights or bringing out textures and all kinds of interesting things not seen in a plain shot. give Syl Arena a read. he is a flash man.


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Jan 07, 2013 19:02 |  #7

Start reading here:

http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com …/welcome-to-strobist.html (external link)

and here:

http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com/2006/03/lightin​g-101.html (external link)

Love that site!


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Jan 08, 2013 17:21 |  #8

noddy-pecker wrote in post #15458155 (external link)
Thanks for the replies.
Ebjo - the 580's you mentioned, are you suggesting I use two Canon Speedlight 580's?

hello mate, yep, thats what I do, ;)

a 580exII
580ex

on light stands, with Pocket wizards, and if needed ive got a 540ez just incase abit more than two are needed.

I have two umbrellas to go with it. I'll try a pop a couple off when I get chance and send them over.

nice to see you.

http://www.calumetphot​o.co.uk/eng/product//B​W4717UK (external link)

^ they dont look too bad.




  
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Jan 28, 2013 16:40 |  #9

noddy-pecker wrote in post #15453131 (external link)
Hi guys - my first post!
If possible I would like some advice regarding studio lighting. I am planning on purchasing a Canon Speedlight 580ex mkii, however what other lighting would you recomend to get me started - there seems to be so many options and decisions?! Umberellas/ softboxes? Constant/slave lights? How many lights/flashes and what wattage?!

I need to buy and get sorted with them asap as I've promised some friends a photoshoot at the end of this month!

Buy Cowboy Studios wireless transmitters. You will not regret it, unless you have a thing for ETTL. I use two convertible umbrellas with a 430EXII and a Yonguno 560. Love the combo.


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Jan 29, 2013 09:19 |  #10

Do you need to have 580 speedlite s, would 430 Mk II s do circa 1/3 the price.
Just thinking u
You could have 2 for less money !
Also what is your camera does it have a built in flash does it support ETTL 2 etc..??


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