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Jun 13, 2014 16:36 |  #1

I am trying to buy an inexpensive lighting setup which is very portable, maybe speedlites. My goal is to shoot sports players (baseball, basketball, etc.) to extract and place into another background. I have tried to shoot with just available light and have not been happy with the results, dark faces with the baseball players wearing hats as an example. I want to shoot both indoor and outdoors and trying to avoid setting up a background. I am very new to this and your help is greatly appreciated!




  
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Jun 13, 2014 16:41 |  #2
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You will need a background, unless you will always have a blue or green wall available where you're shooting. Speedlights will not be much use to you outside in bright conditions. You'll need a minimum of three lights if you want to drop onto a different background: a main light and two rim lights.


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Jun 13, 2014 17:28 |  #3

You will need a solid background .. green-blue or white.


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Jun 14, 2014 06:49 |  #4

Don't make the mistake of buying crap.
What is your budget?


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Jun 14, 2014 07:27 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #5

I really don't have a budget really want to be sure I get what will work best and is easy to setup and use.




  
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Jun 14, 2014 09:25 |  #6

Realistically, everybody has a dollar amount that they don't want to exceed. If you are serious about this, then I'd be looking at this line of portable lighting, specifically the CL-360.
http://www.cheetahstan​d.com/Cheetah-Light-p/cl-180.htm (external link)

Go to this POTN thread. Spend some time on it. Really look at the last few months.
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1270039

Bare bulb lights are awesome. Better light distribution and the ability to use reflectors like this:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …axilite_Reflect​or_16.html (external link)

Buy good lightstands and other grip gear, don't buy crap.

If you are going to shoot static scenes, then you don't need ETTL. If you have no lighting gear, I would have at least one ETTL capable speedlight and two of the CL-360s.

Lighting gets expensive real quick, but it's amazingly addictive once you start mastering

A couple of the photogs using this gear:
https://photography-on-the.net …p=16900700&post​count=4313
https://photography-on-the.net …p=16948619&post​count=9517


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Jun 14, 2014 09:51 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #7

speedlites will work fine for filling in under hats and such.

and you can extract a person from any background, solid or otherwise.

Using the above WILL be more difficult than having a perfect set up, but it can be done. If you don't have the money, you'll have to take more time in post. And if you have the money, you'll spend less time in post. "Irwin M. Fletcher, you choose."


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