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Episode 26

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Episode 26

10 Nov 2009 12:26PM   Views : 300 Unique : 234

I've now almost completed my portable lighting kit. It's based on two old Minolta 5400HS flashguns (adjustable from Full to 1/32 power) with Dynax adapters, two small Jessops flashguns (full power only but the GN is about 11 so they might come in handy outdoors for lighting bits of the background), lightstands and brollies, flash bracket, pc-sync cables, coloured gels, a Lastolite mini softbox and radio triggers. The radio triggers are iShoot triggers which cost about 35 for the set. So far they have worked perfectly both in the studio and outdoors up to at least 40 feet, which is adequate for my current needs.

On Sunday I got to try it out on a location shoot with Hannah, assisted by Ruby who was stylist/MUA for the afternoon and accompanied by young award winning photographer Vicky Thompson. Basically it was an attempt to do a styled, flashlit outdoor shoot and I was greatly encouraged by the results, especially when my first upload from the shoot got an EC which made me a very happy bunny. It was a good start anyway and given that I've only used flash lighting of any kind on about ten occasions in 25 years I hope to get a better handle on this aspect of photography which I have neglected.

Obviously I plan to do more shoots with this kit which (minus the stands and brollies) fits into a small Lowepro camera bag making the whole thing extremely portable which was kinda the whole point. I already had the guns so I reckon everything else has cost about 100 in total which isn't bad.

Monday's shoot with Debbie was postponed until the new year. The next one I have scheduled is on 21st November with Holly. After nearly two years working together we are about to embark on a joint project and already have a wealth of ideas/themes for styled shoots. We're both really excited about this and it will push both of us as we have set our sights very high.

Tags: Ruby Hannah Holly Portable flash kit

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