« on: June 05, 2014, 02:14:01 PM »
I don't do much with my flashes, but every now and then I would like to try it a bit more (not professionally, just play with it and learn something). I recently booked a workshop that should have been my first studio/model shoot experience, but it was canceled just two days in advance, so I thought I’ll use the money to buy some lights/modifiers and learn on my own as until now.
I was googling some cheap alternatives as I don't feel like investing much now, but I want something more than my smallish DIY boxes. It seems that I could go with some fluorescent continuous set, or just buy something that I can stick my flashes into.
Start small, it's easy to overdo things and walk away confused after many hundreds or thousands of dollars later.
If you go the speedlite route, start with some 43" umbrellas (shoot through and reflective) and master those. Then work your way towards other modifiers to change up your light.
Between bare flash (with or without gobos) and umbrellas, I'm pretty much able to shoot 85%-90% of what I want.
Here's a simple shot I took of my boy, 43" shoot through umbrella from above and 43" silver reflective umbrella on axis. There's not much to it!