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bazza2764
5th May 2010, 06:30 AM
Hi All,
I do some promotional work for a close family member, and we got talking last night about her and her husbands business (they run courses for youngsters to learn how to be n a rock band), they are taking over new premises and want a little studio setting up for photography.
Here's the good bit (i think) they have said i can have up to 500 to set up lights and stuff, to be honest im a bit worried about buying the right gear, so i have some questions to ask you all . i hope you don't mind

1, what kind of set up can i expect to get for that amount?

2, would it be best to use wireless triggers?

3,Would this all work if i used Oly Studio on my laptop?

any other advice you could give would be appreciated

Ta

JerryE-1
5th May 2010, 12:34 PM
If your budget is limited to 500 it might be best to invest in just one good quality (eg, Elinchrom or similar), powerful flash head, a large softbox and a heavy duty stand to mount it all on. Large sheets of expanded polystyrene from your local builders merchant will serve as very efficient, inexpensive reflectors, and for background and effects lights you could use conventional hotshoe mount flashguns set to fully manual, coupled with slave triggers and mount them on small stands.

If you're good at DIY you could forget flash and set up banks of daylight balanced fluorescent tubes in a sort of reflective box - cheap and effective continuous light source. White balance can be tweaked on the camera to suit.

Jerry.

JerryE-1
5th May 2010, 12:56 PM
I've just had a look at current Elinchrom prices and found the more powerful units are beyond your 500 budget. You might consider buying a used head from a decent specialist dealer such as The Flash Centre who will offer a warranty and will have checked over their used stock properly.

Jerry.

DekHog
5th May 2010, 04:48 PM
You'll get a decent enough starter kit for around that amount, and even more if you are willing to buy second hand. It's not going to be a pro studio, so the best and most expensive heads around aren't a neccessity as far as I can see.

You could do this very well with one decent head a big octobox, which will give superb results once set up properly - depends on what your background is going to be and if you want it lit separately or not? Background can always be easily done in PP. I'd use a white background if possible, as it's then easy to make it grey or black depending on subject to background distance, assumming you have room to change it. You can't make a black background appear white or grey, but you can vice versa...

You could use a wireless trigger on one unit (assumming you want two or more) and the optical slaves will trigger any other flash heads you might have, so no need to have a flash trigger on every head.

The ideal would be dark (black if you can) coloured walls and ceiling in the shooting area, as light bouncing around all over the place from white or bright coloured walls is a big problem and makes controlling it much more difficult, especially in a reasonably small space, which I'm assumming is what you'll be working in?

If you've never done it before, I'd start with one decent head and big softbox or octobox and a big reflector - no need to be spending money on flash meters if it's going to be more or less static, as once it's set up there's very little if anything to change, and camera to subject distance doesn't affect anything.

Lencarta get a very good name, but I haven't checked out their prices for a long time. The guy's name is Garry Edwards, and if you drop him a line he'll give you all the advice that you need with no obligation.... I'm not associated with them in any way, but know from experience that they are very good value for money.

http://www.lencarta.com/

dbutch
5th May 2010, 05:14 PM
I've been using some Lastolite Lumen8 400w heads for a couple of years now and think the are good value and a decent power the set below is under 500 with a couple of soft boxes, but as Dekhog mentioned its worth getting a larger softbox -the Lastolites use the Bowen S mount so plenty of fair price accessories available on e-bay and alike

Softbox kit
http://www.1stcameras.com/pd_lastolite_lumen8_400w_softbox_sv_kit.cfm

Umbrella kit (inc radio trigger)
http://www.1stcameras.com/pd_lumen8_400w_umbrella_sv_kit_radio_trigger.cfm

These may not be the best prices but they are normally close

Cheers

Dave

bazza2764
5th May 2010, 09:09 PM
Cheers for the replies all, gives me a point in the right direction, i will update when i decide which setup i go for, it really isnt for a pro style studio, just so we can put some bands together and take pics, one thing that was mentioned was the possibility in future of maybe going for a green screen background, but i think that might be a while away.

tomphotofx
6th May 2010, 11:39 PM
Hi Barry

Take a look at this kit Elemental Genesis 2 Twin 250 Kit price 329 wireless trigger 30 all obtainable from http://www.studio-flash.com/. Excellent value for money came out as the best buy in Studio Flash Group test in Digital Photo magazine issue 128 recently all well within your budget.

Regards

Tom

bazza2764
9th May 2010, 08:27 PM
Hi Barry

Take a look at this kit Elemental Genesis 2 Twin 250 Kit price 329 wireless trigger 30 all obtainable from http://www.studio-flash.com/. Excellent value for money came out as the best buy in Studio Flash Group test in Digital Photo magazine issue 128 recently all well within your budget.

Regards

Tom

That looks like what i was thinking about, really it will be the decision of the guy who is letting me set up the studio, i'm in awe he is allocating me a room for this and he is obtaining a grant to set up a green screen eventually.


The ideal would be dark (black if you can) coloured walls and ceiling in the shooting area, as light bouncing around all over the place from white or bright coloured walls is a big problem and makes controlling it much more difficult, especially in a reasonably small space, which I'm assumming is what you'll be working in?


Thats sound advice thanks mate, i have done some work in a very white room and its awful trying to stop things being blown out....... cheers