PJmak wrote in post #18631841
I dont shoot with flash and I want to get into it.
How does this setup below work?
Im assuming its a flash hooked up to an umbrella and triggered wirelessly?
Yes. Most commonly with radio triggers. The transmitter unit goes onto the hotshoe of your camera, and a receiver is either built-in or attached to the flash in some way that can communicate the hotshoe signal or signals from your camera to the flash.
The flash is attached to a support via either a bracket or umbrella adapter/swivel, which also has a means to secure the umbrella. The bracket or swivel goes on top of a stud/spigot that can be screwed onto any 1/4"x20 bolt (like the ones used on monopods and tripod) or over the end of the lightstand.
I have a sony camera. Can someone recommend something for me that wont break the bank? Id like to get into this kind of photography.
Most of us would point you to the Godox X system, but some of this hinges on which Sony camera you have, and whether it's using the older Minolta iISO hotshoe, or the newer multi-interface shoe. Godox's gear is for the multi-interface shoe, so if you're using the iISO hotshoe on your camera, you will need at least one adapter for the on-camera unit.
Blind, low-cost recommendation would be to get a TT685S (US$110) and an XProS ($70), preferably in their Flashpoint R2 incarnations on Adorama, if you're in the USA. The TT685S has a built-in radio receiver, so you don' t need to add one onto the foot of the flash, and you can get TTL/HSS on a Sony camera. But if you want an on-camera speedlight and prefer it be small and light, the TT350S is another option. If you have more budget to burn and hate dealing with AA batteries, the li-on versions of the two speedlights mentioned are the V860II and the V350S.
Id also prefer a bit of a stronger flash(if thats a thing) to also potentially use on automotive shoots, not just people or portraits.
Then you may want to look at the Godox AD200. But it has no flash foot and must be used as an off-camera radio slave. Which makes it less suitable for things like on-camera bouncing for events (weddings, parties) or chasing kids around the house. Speedlights (hotshoe flashes) can do both on and off-camera.