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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2014, 10:09:55 AM »
Don't spend another penny until you get, read, and digest, this book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321832752/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=pasoroblphot-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0321832752

He has another book too, but this one is more appropriate for you. If his rumoured 600 EX RT book comes out I'd recommend that but it hasn't appeared yet and he now has a full time educators job.


Thanks privatebydesign for the link. I just purchased the material and will try to go through this weekend.

I'm interested getting some lighting for home studio. Not sure if I should get some 600ex rt or just regular studio set. I like the ideal of having speedlite so I can take with me if need it. Any suggestions? Thanks


For a home studio I think the Speedlite route is the way to go. They are nowhere near as powerful, but for most people they are way more practical.

Stands: Manfrotto 420, a boom stand should be everyone's first stand, then I really like the stacking Manfrottos at whatever size you like, I have the BAC 1052's.

Umbrella brackets: There are many but the Manfrotto 026 (?) is the industry standard. I'd go for metal ones over the poly and plastic ones.

Modifiers: This is where it gets involved, but I'd suggest a Westcott Apollo 26" softbox, I prefer them to the Lastolite style. A convertible umbrella. A 5-1 reflector around 36" and I really like the collapsible style 78" kits, they give you huge scrims as well as black and white backgrounds.

This gives you enough to play with and to see what kind of light you prefer and the direction you'd like to go in, without committing too much money to something you won't use in the future.

Get a couple of gel sample books from B&H too, they cost $2.50 and are so much fun, they also teach you a huge amount about where your light is going.


Thanks privatebydesign, I'll put my BH rewards to work. Kinda wait for some rebates from Canon.
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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2014, 10:09:55 AM »

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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #46 on: April 14, 2014, 10:31:44 AM »
I have thoughts... but I'm working...so they will have to wait.

Don't spend another penny until you get, read, and digest, this book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321832752/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=pasoroblphot-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0321832752

He has another book too, but this one is more appropriate for you. If his rumoured 600 EX RT book comes out I'd recommend that but it hasn't appeared yet and he now has a full time educators job.


Thanks privatebydesign for the link. I just purchased the material and will try to go through this weekend.

I'm interested getting some lighting for home studio. Not sure if I should get some 600ex rt or just regular studio set. I like the ideal of having speedlite so I can take with me if need it. Any suggestions? Thanks


For a home studio I think the Speedlite route is the way to go. They are nowhere near as powerful, but for most people they are way more practical.

Stands: Manfrotto 420, a boom stand should be everyone's first stand, then I really like the stacking Manfrottos at whatever size you like, I have the BAC 1052's.

Umbrella brackets: There are many but the Manfrotto 026 (?) is the industry standard. I'd go for metal ones over the poly and plastic ones.

Modifiers: This is where it gets involved, but I'd suggest a Westcott Apollo 26" softbox, I prefer them to the Lastolite style. A convertible umbrella. A 5-1 reflector around 36" and I really like the collapsible style 78" kits, they give you huge scrims as well as black and white backgrounds.

This gives you enough to play with and to see what kind of light you prefer and the direction you'd like to go in, without committing too much money to something you won't use in the future.

Get a couple of gel sample books from B&H too, they cost $2.50 and are so much fun, they also teach you a huge amount about where your light is going.


Thanks privatebydesign, I'll put my BH rewards to work. Kinda wait for some rebates from Canon.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #47 on: April 14, 2014, 10:59:08 AM »
$550 x 3 units = $1500ish. Why rush into it, when you don't need to have it RIGHT NOW. I can always use my 85L II at the moment :P

I have thoughts... but I'm working...so they will have to wait.

Don't spend another penny until you get, read, and digest, this book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321832752/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=pasoroblphot-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0321832752

He has another book too, but this one is more appropriate for you. If his rumoured 600 EX RT book comes out I'd recommend that but it hasn't appeared yet and he now has a full time educators job.


Thanks privatebydesign for the link. I just purchased the material and will try to go through this weekend.

I'm interested getting some lighting for home studio. Not sure if I should get some 600ex rt or just regular studio set. I like the ideal of having speedlite so I can take with me if need it. Any suggestions? Thanks


For a home studio I think the Speedlite route is the way to go. They are nowhere near as powerful, but for most people they are way more practical.

Stands: Manfrotto 420, a boom stand should be everyone's first stand, then I really like the stacking Manfrottos at whatever size you like, I have the BAC 1052's.

Umbrella brackets: There are many but the Manfrotto 026 (?) is the industry standard. I'd go for metal ones over the poly and plastic ones.

Modifiers: This is where it gets involved, but I'd suggest a Westcott Apollo 26" softbox, I prefer them to the Lastolite style. A convertible umbrella. A 5-1 reflector around 36" and I really like the collapsible style 78" kits, they give you huge scrims as well as black and white backgrounds.

This gives you enough to play with and to see what kind of light you prefer and the direction you'd like to go in, without committing too much money to something you won't use in the future.

Get a couple of gel sample books from B&H too, they cost $2.50 and are so much fun, they also teach you a huge amount about where your light is going.


Thanks privatebydesign, I'll put my BH rewards to work. Kinda wait for some rebates from Canon.

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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #48 on: April 14, 2014, 11:53:29 AM »
I photograph my 7 month old mostly... so I use what I have.  Two 580ex iis, the yongnuo 622 c's, one umbrella stands and one diffuser, though I'll be fixing that to two soon.   I want a 72" umbrella but I think I'll wait a little bit on that. 

The yongnuo cost 120ish and allow for ettl and power adjustment through the camera.  I use mkii two current tripods.. so my"studio" is make shift, but it folds up nicely because I use a family room... so being able to reduce all of the stuff is key.

I have a few small complaints about my setup, but they are mostly related to me hitting a button and changing the channels of the transceivers.  So human error.
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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #49 on: April 14, 2014, 02:17:31 PM »
Same here JD, I have 2 kids. They are my main reason I got deeply into photography.

Have any pics with home studio?

I photograph my 7 month old mostly... so I use what I have.  Two 580ex iis, the yongnuo 622 c's, one umbrella stands and one diffuser, though I'll be fixing that to two soon.   I want a 72" umbrella but I think I'll wait a little bit on that. 

The yongnuo cost 120ish and allow for ettl and power adjustment through the camera.  I use mkii two current tripods.. so my"studio" is make shift, but it folds up nicely because I use a family room... so being able to reduce all of the stuff is key.

I have a few small complaints about my setup, but they are mostly related to me hitting a button and changing the channels of the transceivers.  So human error.
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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #50 on: April 14, 2014, 02:26:41 PM »
When I get home I'll show you two photos... one that you can tell was done by an amateur and one that looks pretty Damn good if I say so myself.

Same here JD, I have 2 kids. They are my main reason I got deeply into photography.

Have any pics with home studio?

I photograph my 7 month old mostly... so I use what I have.  Two 580ex iis, the yongnuo 622 c's, one umbrella stands and one diffuser, though I'll be fixing that to two soon.   I want a 72" umbrella but I think I'll wait a little bit on that. 

The yongnuo cost 120ish and allow for ettl and power adjustment through the camera.  I use mkii two current tripods.. so my"studio" is make shift, but it folds up nicely because I use a family room... so being able to reduce all of the stuff is key.

I have a few small complaints about my setup, but they are mostly related to me hitting a button and changing the channels of the transceivers.  So human error.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #51 on: April 14, 2014, 02:39:06 PM »
LOL... ;D, well I have plenty of those in my collection. Look forward to see those photos.

I'm thinking: Speedlite 600EX-RT(x3), ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter, some stands and softbox as priviatedesign suggested

When I get home I'll show you two photos... one that you can tell was done by an amateur and one that looks pretty Damn good if I say so myself.

Same here JD, I have 2 kids. They are my main reason I got deeply into photography.

Have any pics with home studio?

I photograph my 7 month old mostly... so I use what I have.  Two 580ex iis, the yongnuo 622 c's, one umbrella stands and one diffuser, though I'll be fixing that to two soon.   I want a 72" umbrella but I think I'll wait a little bit on that. 

The yongnuo cost 120ish and allow for ettl and power adjustment through the camera.  I use mkii two current tripods.. so my"studio" is make shift, but it folds up nicely because I use a family room... so being able to reduce all of the stuff is key.

I have a few small complaints about my setup, but they are mostly related to me hitting a button and changing the channels of the transceivers.  So human error.
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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #51 on: April 14, 2014, 02:39:06 PM »

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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #52 on: April 14, 2014, 10:55:31 PM »
This image is taken at f/7.1, 1/200 of a second, an iso of 160, with my 100L.  This might be a guess but I believe I had an A:B ratio of 8:1... though I'm not 100% sure it looks like it.  I didn't have the 3rd Yongnuo at the time of the photo... I was using a crappy 90ex as a master and it did SUCH a great job I bought the Yongnuo immediately after the shoot.  Yes... that was sarcasm... but I have good news... I sold that 90ex for 45 bucks and I lost only $5 for the chance to test it out. 

I had one 580 exii to my left with a 43ish inch umbrella (soft white surface) and to my left I was reflecting my 2nd 580 exii off of a flash diffuser (because I am going to get another umbrella, stand, and mounting bracket... but i haven't pulled the trigger yet. 

Note the softness of the background despite shooting at f/7.1.  The background is just a sheet.  It keeps me warm at night and provides a nice pale blue for backgrounds.  I think we have other colors of sheets. 
« Last Edit: April 14, 2014, 10:58:08 PM by jdramirez »
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« Reply #53 on: April 14, 2014, 11:03:29 PM »
And this one was taken less than a week before.  I just got the 90 ex... so I was playing with the settings and I screwed up the ratios... I think I set it for 4:1 , but I had both flashes set up under channel B... so both were under powered so the image was incredibly underexposed... but thanks to Lightroom I was able to save the image...

So this was taken at f/8, 1/1000 of a second... which makes no sense to me as to why I would do that... I guess maybe I was playing with the HSS... but no... just screwing around.  Same 100mm L.

Oh... and same background... and notice that you can see all the wrinkles in the sheet... so live and learn.
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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #54 on: April 15, 2014, 12:46:59 AM »
She is adorable...very cute. Must got it from her mommy ;)

Well, I'm no expert in studio shooting. I REALLY like the 1st photo.

Thanks for sharing and the setup info


This image is taken at f/7.1, 1/200 of a second, an iso of 160, with my 100L.  This might be a guess but I believe I had an A:B ratio of 8:1... though I'm not 100% sure it looks like it.  I didn't have the 3rd Yongnuo at the time of the photo... I was using a crappy 90ex as a master and it did SUCH a great job I bought the Yongnuo immediately after the shoot.  Yes... that was sarcasm... but I have good news... I sold that 90ex for 45 bucks and I lost only $5 for the chance to test it out. 

I had one 580 exii to my left with a 43ish inch umbrella (soft white surface) and to my left I was reflecting my 2nd 580 exii off of a flash diffuser (because I am going to get another umbrella, stand, and mounting bracket... but i haven't pulled the trigger yet. 

Note the softness of the background despite shooting at f/7.1.  The background is just a sheet.  It keeps me warm at night and provides a nice pale blue for backgrounds.  I think we have other colors of sheets.
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Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« Reply #54 on: April 15, 2014, 12:46:59 AM »