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    Lighting set up

    I am wanting to get some type of strobe of continuous lighting. I've seen kits you can buy but I have no idea what is decent.

    As a single mum I'm limited on funds, can't really spend more than $500.

    I have a backdrop and stand already. so i'm really after some sort of lighting.

    I'll be using it for indoor portrait sessions.

    Anything you can recommend?

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    You can get some good results a speed light and brolly or soft box. I am not sure about the consistency of output with the cheaper lighting kits....others may have more experience with them.
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    I have both studio lights and off camera flash - to be honest I am finding it easier with the studio lights.... I brought the basic kit from protog, includes a 180w flash, stand and brolly. Will only set you back $150 each. I've found in my setup I only need to use 1/4 power - so theres plenty of power left should I need more light. I haven't done alot with them at the moment a few quick tests, but I am more than happy with them!

    I found the light output of my off camera flash units not enough, especially when diffused (but that could have been me too - not using them properly) I know you can get the results I want with off camera flash - I just couldn't .....
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    thank you, will have a look at the protog website

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    You could buy one of these softboxes (I just bought one and the quality is very good). Use a sync-cord to fire your existing SB-400 and you're away. Even using a Nikon sync. cord (SC-28 @ D-D Photographics) you're still out of it for under $200.

    Here is a video on using a softbox and backgrounds. (Covers a lot in a short video).

    Heck, for your budget you could buy an SB-600 (also off D-D Photographics) and still be under. Then you could use the SB-400 to fire through the softbox and the SB-600 to fire at the background.

    Softbox - $62.99
    Sync. Cord - $113.00
    SB-600 - $317.00
    TOTAL - $492.99

    This setup is probably only good if you're doing individual portraits though. (I wouldn't know, I'm not a portrait 'tog.)

    EDIT: BLAST! I forgot you'd need another light stand for the softbox. That'll set you back another $50 + P&H from ############## blowing you're budget a bit. You may be able to find a cheaper light stand on eBay, remember you'll need at least 2 meters of height.
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    i also have a tumax (dsl880afz-ni (it was given to me)) speedlight, but i prefer the sb400 over it. I would love to get the sb600 or even the sb800, but I wont be able to do so until the new year .

    The video was fantastic, and extremely helpful. Thank you.

    hmm... brolly or softbox.... for some reason i'm leaning towards a softbox

    this might seem like a serious dumb question (but stobe lighting etc, is all new to me), but will i also need a sync cord for this type of set up (link i posted)?

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    For $400 ish, you can get and SB-900 and with the change from $500, get an umbrella & stand. SB-900 is a killer strobe.

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    after doing some more research i think an umbrella will suit my needs better.

    thank you to all those that have replied, it has been a wonderful help.

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    I would personally go the full manual strobist way

    3x Yongnuo RF602 receivers and trigger at under $80
    3x Yongnuo YN560 flash with roughly same guide number/power as SB900 and Canon 580EXII at 1/1 for around $80 each on ebay or online sellers

    thats only just over $300, spend another 200 on a few light stands and brollies etc - and you have a killer set up for shooting pretty much anything

    its also a great learning curve knowing how to adjust flash ratios and camera settings when shooting on manual, instead of relying on TTL all the time.

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    is it necessary to have 3?

    and is there a much of a diff between the yn465 and hte yn560?

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    I agree with JM Tran, get the cheaper speedlights and triggers, learn heaps and then save lots and buy quality studio ligthing. I bought cheap studio lighting and now use it as props or to hang clothes on ( unplugged of course). I have used the Yongnuos and they work well ( I recently spent the kids inheritence on way too much Nikon gear..love it). Definitly get three speedlights, it gives you so much more scope. Most of all, have fun.

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