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Budget studio flash kit?


Alda Plus
2 46 27 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 11:42PM

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cathal Plus
10 492 4 Ireland
9 Jul 2013 11:56PM

Quote:Oh, and most of the nude/glamour shots in my pf were taken at studio tuition days, so I didn't have much to do with the lighting. The tutor, however, didn't really teach much and is a little bit reluctant to answer questions


Sigh... which is the whole point of the tuition... to teach you lighting and posing. I despair!

Actually, it's one of the reasons I hate it when judging a club competition where a series of images from a club studio session are introduced. In most cases, one person will have set the lights up and the rest just snapped away.
Alda Plus
2 46 27 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 12:07AM

Quote:Sigh... which is the whole point of the tuition... to teach you lighting and posing. I despair!


Especially with what we pay them for the tuition! But I was told (more than once) that I'm not allowed to use the imaged in my professional pf.
arhb Plus
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 8:06AM

Quote:Sigh... which is the whole point of the tuition... to teach you lighting and posing. I despair!

Especially with what we pay them for the tuition! But I was told (more than once) that I'm not allowed to use the imaged in my professional pf.



That also runs contrary to the established group and 1-2-1 workshops I've attended -
the strictest being to submit images we wanted to publish to the model/tutor, and this was merely a formality - it had to be bad to get a refusal.
Maybe put this workshop down to experience Smile

That said, whilst you need something to start a portfolio, it is better to clear out the workshop images when you have sufficient number of images to use from your own shoots.

I just looked on Amazon and there are 2-3 books on lighting boudoir and art nude that might be some help,
plus there are bound to be some youtube tutorial that would cover lighting that is appropriate for these genres.
miptog Plus
9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 3:21PM

Quote:In most cases, one person will have set the lights up and the rest just snapped away.


A good way to learn how to light is to let each shooter set up the lights at each change of shooter, and to keep the lighting set-up's simple at first (e.g one light), and then build on that. This approach though lends itself to either 1-2-1 tuition or just 2 or 3 shooters, so will likely be more expensive.

In my experience, and ignoring both the post production process, and pre-production (e.g Hair and Makeup), there are two key parts to get a good photos; 1) the ability to set up the lights well, 2) the ability to get the best out of your model.
1 Aug 2013 10:18AM
Alda Plus
2 46 27 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 11:25PM
Right, thanks for all your help. I'm ready to buy now and I think I've settled on this:

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-elinchrom-400-400-d-lite-4-rx-softbox/p1533305

Any final thoughts before I click buy? GrinGrinGrin
LesleyJ Plus
7 144 England
4 Sep 2013 2:50PM
I have this set its bowens and I love it. I have taken it to parties and wedding or set it up in my home studio. Just slighting over your budget but well worth it.
saltireblue Plus
4 4.4k 26 Norway
4 Sep 2013 4:03PM
I agree about the D-Lites - can't fault them. Very reliable

Another thing...are 60x60 softboxes going to be big enough? You may consider going up to 90x60 if thinking of taking full-length images, not just upper body shots.

Malc
Alda Plus
2 46 27 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 4:07PM

Quote:I agree about the D-Lites - can't fault them. Very reliable

Another thing...are 60x60 softboxes going to be big enough? You may consider going up to 90x60 if thinking of taking full-length images, not just upper body shots.

Malc



I am going to phone them and see if I can upgrade one of the softboxes Malc. But I also may buy a cheaper one with grid, or a strip light. GrinGrin
Alda Plus
2 46 27 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 4:12PM

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