ATXsouljah wrote in post #9796464
1) weight is not an issue.
2) it needs to be a cross, i want to shoot cars either in parking garages or out in the open (ex: sunset) also inside my house in the downstairs office approximately 15ft. by 15ft.
3) portability wise, i would love for it to fit inside of my current car (if i have to take my subwoofers out and fold down the back seats for the room id be willing to take the time to unhook the subwoofers every time im going to carry/drive the equiptment to a shoot (anything outside of my own home). I drive a 2006 mitsubishi eclipse http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net …673646411_692913_3807.jpg
(a fairly small car with a backseat just for insurance purposes).
Well what happens now is that since weight is not an issue with you, you can go with either pocket strobes or full studio strobes. Its not really your choice since unfortunately, your budget determines what you will end up with.
Here are a few more questions to determine what you'll likely end up with...
1. How many lights do you want? Or how many do you feel that you need? I personally want (and have) 4, and most of the time, i only need 2-3. (I emphasize on the need and want. There's a difference.) I usually have a main, separation, and a background. If the background is lit by ambient lighting, then i only use 2. If i want to skytrain downtown with my girlfriend, i bring a small compact umbrella + light stand for some quick and dirty Off camera flash portraits. Lights usually range from 90 dollars to thousands per head/strobe.
2. How important is TTL to you? a lot of people swear by TTL (like Joe McNally). I personally don't use TTL because (a) I want full manual control over my lighting and set up, (b) ETTL flashes are quite expensive as each 580ex's is $445 USD and 430ex's is $265. In addition, if i dont want to rely on Canon's IR flash signaling/triggering, i have to buy pocketwizard MiniTT1s and FlexTT5s ($200-$220 each) for each flash that I use. Also, another reason why i dont rely on TTL is because when I finally make that stretch to full studio strobes, I don't have to learn how manual controls work as the principals are the same whether it be pocket strobes or full studio strobes.
Since our budget is so minimal, you'll likely end up with a cheaper quality of gear. Like lenses and bodies, lighting is definitely not cheap. Hopefully, we will try to stretch your money.
Here are the essential accessories that you'll definitely need while we wait for your answers.
1) Triggers. I've dealt with wireless triggers on ebay and I cannot recommend them unless you want headaches. You can read about my ebay wireless trigger headaches here -> http://quicktwist.wordpress.com …part-1-wireless-triggers/
The triggers I'd recommend are made by Paul C buff. They are called cybersyncs and you can find more information about them here: http://alienbees.com/remotes.html
You'll need a CST which is their transmitter and the CSRB which is their receivers. the amount of CSRBs will be determined with how many lights you decide on. So in terms of prices, 1 CST is 59.95 and each CSRB is 69.95. Just for a 1 light setup, you will have put away $130 already just for wireless triggering, leaving you with 870 and you still don't have lights, batteries, light stands, modifiers and cables required to make all of this work.
anyways, answer those questions. At least we already know your choice of wireless triggers.