It's driving me crazy. I like a 1000 other beginners, want to setup a small studio But can never seem to figure out what to buy.
The endless frustrating lightening/studio circle goes something like this.
I spend weeks reading & reasearching tons of threads on what to buy. Just when I think I have it all fiqured out I get excited and head on over to Amazon. I type in say "light stands" tons to choose from, so I narrow it down to say manfrotto. Still a lot to choose from and everyone in the review sections, has their opinions), so I move on to say umbrellas. Same scenario. I close out my browser in frustration. Then after weeks go by, I return to the "small flash and studio lightening" thread where I see members posting the same exact questions. I begin reading and researching again. I read more threads and suggestions. I read lightening 101, and think I finally figured it out until the time comes for buying the equipment. I get frustrated and then my attention goes to cheap lightening kits. (ie; cowboy studio, PBL, etc)
So I'm hoping a little background on myself, might be enough for someone to push me over the top.
1. I have a small second bedroom I want to setup a studio in.
2. I do not want cheap starter equipment, though I obviously don't want to buy the highest end stuff either. I'm happy to pay for better quality.
3. I'd prefer to buy from Amazon since I use their store card.
4. Portability would be nice however, short term the equipment would stay at my condo for the most part.
Equipment I own or plan to buy.
I currently have a 580ex II flash, and Yonguo wireless triggers. (which btw I don't like because there is no lock mechanism on the triggers and on/off button is in the worst place)
I decided on buying 1 AB800 tomorrow.
For lightstands, I decided to go with Manfrotto. Just not sure which model to buy. I'm assuming I'll need at least 2 of them.
Again no clue. But need something small. 10x12 is to big and I need something that can quickly be taken down and setup.
CONTINUOUS LIGHTING/SOFTBOX, RELECTORS,
Should I just buy a lighting kit that has everything?
And the circle begins yet again..............