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  1. #11
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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    I'm currently building my own "Clark Howard Kit". So far I only have...

    YongNuo 460ii Speedlight - $35
    YongNuo CTR-301P "Poverty Wizard" (1 trigger, 2 receivers) - $42 (just ordered tonight

    I'm going to get that CowboyStudios umbrella kit and the 5-in-1 reflector from the first post probably next week or after the 1st. After that I'll be picking up a YN-560 so I can make use of the second receiver.

    Thanks for this post Anthony, it really helps give me a baseline and good links for future purchases. I can't wait to really try some "Strobism". Some may remember my first attempt in this thread: http://nikonites.com/general-photogr...e-content.html


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  2. #12
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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    I've got 3 x Yongnuo 560's and 4 of their RF-603N radio triggers. Build quality seems pretty good for the price. So far so good - recommended.
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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    I'm just stumbling onto this post now. Thanks very much! Exactly what I needed.

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    Just got some freebie Rosco gels (colour cast correction from the Strobist collection) in the post and I've got to say they're rubbish, really flimsy. I'd bought some Lee gels a while back and they're so much more durable. I don't know if there's a difference in colour quality but I know which will last longest!

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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    Below is a list of items I've purchased as I dove into off camera lighting:

    CowboyStudio Photography 9 feet Professional Heavy Duty Light Stand
    Amazon.com: CowboyStudio Photography 9 feet Professional Heavy Duty Light Stand for Photography and Video Lighting: Camera & Photo
    $25

    Cheaplights NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger and 2 Receivers
    Amazon.com: Cheaplights NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger and 2 Receivers Set for Canon Nikon Pentax,OTT-04GY: Camera & Photo
    $13.00 (Price fluxuates)

    Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite
    Amazon.com: Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite For Canon/Nikon Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo
    $33 (Price fluxuates)


    Neewer 110CM 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector
    Amazon.com: Neewer 110CM 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector: Camera & Photo
    $18


    Fotodiox 2260Arm Telescoping Reflector Holding Arm (for reflector)
    Amazon.com: Fotodiox 2260Arm Telescoping Reflector Holding Arm, Holds 22-Inch to 60-Inch Reflector Disc: Camera & Photo
    $23

    Fotodiox Umb-Soft-43-W Fotodiox Premium Grade Studio Umbrella Softbox - 43-Inch Shoot Through Translucent White
    http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Umb-S...x/dp/B005ODKQC
    $12

    CowboyStudio Flashlight /Hot Shoe/Umbrella Holder with Swivel/Tilt Bracket
    Amazon.com: CowboyStudio Flashlight /Hot Shoe/Umbrella Holder with Swivel/Tilt Bracket for Nikon and Canon E430 E580 SB600 SB800 SB900: Camera & Photo
    $3.00


    Picked up two Nikon SB-24 speedlights
    $50 each on ebay. Price varies, be sure to shop. Great for off camera flash and have TTL if you need it.
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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    Good info thanks for it!!!
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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    For thicker longer lasting gels. Go to a music store and buy colored stage light gels. Cut them down to fit your flash.
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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Browncoat View Post


    Weekend Warrior Kit - $ 300

    If you have a bit more $$$ burning a hole in your pocket and want a better setup, take a look here.

    $130 - Yongnuo YN-560 speedlight (x2). Having two flashes opens up a lot more options to you.
    $48 - Opteka LS1000 10' stands (x2). These are much more sturdy than the budget stands. You might have to sneeze twice.
    $22 - ePhoto brackets (x2). Our fancy new stands will need these to hold the umbrellas.
    $20 - ePhoto 40" shoot-thru umbrella (x2). El Cheapo umbrellas for you Mary Poppins wanna-bes.
    $45 - CowboyStudio 24" softbox. This will give you something new to play with.
    $29 - CowboyStudio NPT-04 wireless trigger. Same as in the budget kit, only with another receiver for your 2nd flash unit.
    $14 - 43" 5-in-1 reflector. Seriously...buy this thing. It's a helluva deal.



    The Closet Studio - $700

    This is a more comprehensive kit that is very portable and can be easily stowed away next to the vacuum cleaner.

    $260 - Yongnuo YN-560 speedlight (x4). Yup, four of these bad boys. You're in the big leagues now.
    $96 - Opteka LS1000 10' stands (x4). A no-brainer, right? We need four stands for our lights.
    $22 - ePhoto brackets (x2). Same as above.
    $20 - ePhoto 40" shoot-thru umbrella (x2). Ditto.
    $90 - CowboyStudio 24" softbox (x2). This gives us a two softbox/two umbrella setup.
    $60 - CowboyStudio NPT-04 wireless trigger (x2). Same as the above kit, only buy two kits for your four lights. Confusing, eh?
    $14 - 43" 5-in-1 reflector.
    $136 - Ravelli backdrop kit. Adjustable width for smaller rooms and comes with a handy storage bag.
    $8 - Strobist gel kit. These will add some color to those backdrops.

    Thanks for these awesome lists!

    I started looking and see I more or less got something between these 2, I will start with 2 flashes but also want backdrop kit. And I couldnt really figure out if I should go for umbrella or softbox, but I see you think both.

    Another thing I've been thinking about, are lamps. Dont anyone use this?
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  9. #19
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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    I am, again, putting together a cheap/budget studio kit.

    So far I have my Sunpak PZ40X unit, two Vivitar 265 hot shoe flashes, one Vivitar 285 (non HV) flash and will add two Vivitar 2800 flashes to this.

    I plan to make the double flash holder piece to fire two flash units in each soft box and the others will be used as a hair light and/or back drop light.

    I am buying the Cowboy Studios light stands, flash holders and umbrella brackets with two of their medium Speedlight soft boxes and probably one large umbrella.

    I plan to make my own backdrop stand setup and probably use sheets or muslin fabric.

    I do have a question here.

    If I want to fire both flash units in each soft box can I use one radio trigger, per soft box, and use a cheap optical slave trigger on each of the second flash units? Should be enough light to trigger a simple optical slave trigger I think? This would keep me from having to buy five or six radio triggers total.

    Also, using optical slaves on a second flash . . . . will this cause any flash delay that would be noticeable in the photo? Are they fast enough to fire in sync with the trigger flash?
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    Re: Dirt Cheap Lighting - A Buyer's Guide

    Has anyone made an updated version of this sticky or is it still valid? I just know that technology changes all the time.





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