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HELP: $1,000 to spend on headshot rig

 
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Jan 28, 2014 08:33 |  #1

I’ve been a graphic designer for my company for 7 years and last year started doing the corporate headshot. My art director let me know today they’d like to invest in a ‘headshot kit’ with a budget of $1,000.

What would you guys request for just doing headshots and $1,000? I was thinking a seamless backdrop (currently use a cloth one) and maybe two strobes? Thoughs?

Amazon has a TON of kits with everything…just want to make sure I get a good one. Thanks in advance!!


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Jan 28, 2014 08:58 |  #2

Do you have a dedicated space where they will be setup all the time, or do you need to be mobile with your kit? Do you want backgrounds (enviromental) for your shots or solid colors will do?

I'd consider constant lights for this...check out Peter Hurley and look at some of his setups if stationary and solid backgrounds is what you need.


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Jan 28, 2014 09:04 |  #3

It would have to be something I could take from location to location. Weight wouldn't be an issue. As long as it all packed up. A white / grey backdrop is what I'm looking for.

Also, using a Canon Mk3 and 6D


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Jan 28, 2014 09:31 |  #4

Two used AB800 strobes, octobox, strip box, white panel, and various stands. You should be set and under $1K.


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Jan 28, 2014 10:09 |  #5

If portability is an issue, get 3 used 430exII and some yongnuo triggers, stands, umbrellas, and you are well under 1,000!


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Jan 28, 2014 11:19 |  #6

What's really nice about this rig is that it is compact and can be setup just about anywhere. It also can be setup in about 10 minutes.

For durability, try to make sure the umbrella frame soft boxes and octa have fiber glass frames. Some of the inexpensive ones do and some don't. All the current Westcott modifiers do but they are substantially more expensive. But good modifiers.

Here is what I'd get:

30" umbrella octa
http://www.amazon.com …a+softbox+for+p​hotography (external link)

1x$30


24x36 umbrella softbox

http://www.amazon.com …a+softbox+for+p​hotography (external link)

2x$30


For these first two another option is Westcott apollo. They are about 130 each but still within your budget.


macro boom to make using the umbrella soft boxes really easy

http://www.adorama.com​/PHMBFB.html (external link)

3x$70

13 foot light stands
http://www.adorama.com​/LTSP12.html (external link)

3x$40

large spring loaded white/black collapsible background and stand

http://www.fotodioxpro​.com …-kit-w-stand-support.html (external link)

1x$120

umbrella adapters to mount micro boom on stand.

http://www.adorama.com​/PHV2BGUH.html (external link)

3x$30


Yongnou ETTL speedlite (for remote power control in manual with YN-622 triggers.)
http://www.amazon.com …4&sr=1-5&keywords=yongnuo (external link)

3x$120

YN-622 triggers, one for camera three for lights. Makes it easy to remotely adjust power on speedlites in M mode, or to use ETTL mode if you choose.

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2x$85


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