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Old November 5th, 2010, 05:38 PM
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what would be the first thing you would buy

Ok I have limited money, and I want to start buying equipment, outside of extra lens for my camera tripod,or remote, what would you buy first if you have Nothing. And also want to be a bit portable.
Reflecters, umbrella, continuous lighting, softbox, back drops and stand, extrenal flash?

I am thinking is it is getting colder and I will have to bring my photography inside more, that I would like to start off with what I really need for inside photography. Thanks everyone
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Old November 5th, 2010, 06:18 PM
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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

External flash . . .

What's the budget here?

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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

I'd also opt for an external flash first....and a bracket to get it off camera. Your budget would dictate what route to go. I use 2 external flashes, stands, umbrellas, reflector, and remote firing mechanisms. Since I don't do portrait work beyond personal use, I haven't found a need to go with more powerful studio units.
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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

I am portable and have nearly everything a studio would use. I have backdrops, backdrop stands, 3 lights with umbrellas, and softboxes, two external flashes, reflectors, tripods and monopods. My husband built me a box (out of a toolbox that stands up with wheels and a handle for easy transport) to carry a power supply in so I can set up nearly anywhere as long as my battery holds up. Usually I have my clients find an indoor place but if need be I have set up all of my equipment outside.

If you are on a super tight budget, I would go with reflectors and try to shoot where there is a good light source. If you have a little extra cash to spare, I would go for the external flashes. They can be a little pricey, but I would not get a cheap one. Make sure you research them and get one that suits your needs.
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Old November 6th, 2010, 12:57 PM
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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

Thanks everyone. The thing is I only have about $500.00 right now. That is why I was wanting to know what I should get first. I plan on shooting potraits also, if that helps. I hope to have another 500.00 at tax time to spend, so I am gathering a list from what is most important first. Thanks again
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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

Go through this guy's tutorials. He makes a great case for using off camera flash and will give you lots of insight.
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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

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Go through this guy's tutorials. He makes a great case for using off camera flash and will give you lots of insight.
Great link, thanks! Lots of great stuff.
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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

Cheapest while staying reliable...


Flash...

Vivitar 285 HV... $89.95

Triggers...

Cybersync CST trigger... $59.95
Cybersync CSRB receiver... $69.95 (1 for each off camera flash)

Stands & umbrellas...

Impact stand/umbrella kit... $98.95

Acc..

Hotshoe adapter for Vivitar 285HV... $11.00 (1 for each flash)


TOTAL = 329.80 + shipping and handling. Heck I would use the extra for another 285HV, CSRB and adaptor but thats just me. Hope this helped.
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Old December 12th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

Speedlights, and triggers, I made a hefty investment in some decent speedlights and triggers and its amazing how flexible it is.

I have
2x Nissin Di622's as side lights
1x SB900 as Key light, which I shoot though a beauty dish.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 12:21 PM
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Re: what would be the first thing you would buy

A speedlight, tripod, and camera bag
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