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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #2721

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To all the photo experts out there.

I'm looking for recommendations for a home studio setup. I currently have a backdrop setup with six different backdrops with only black being the solid color. I also currently own two Manfrotto 1052 stands and two 48” silver umbrellas. I also have two SB-700’s and one SB-900 flash for my lighting setup.

I’ve just ordered some pocket wizards including one mini TT1, three flex TT5’s, AC3 and AC9 controllers. Also I have a Sekonic L758cine light meter, Rogue portrait flash lighting kit, 60” octagon and 32 x 48 inch soft boxes with one Alien Bee X800 strobe coming.

Please let me know what else I would need besides practice to make my business expand.
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #2730

The business expanding is different from your collection of equipment expanding ;). Personally I prefer to do more outdoor portraiture which my clients prefer vs studio. That has been the trend for the last few years. Many even prefer more on location in their homes vs the studio.

I think you should get a good portable setup going with your SB's, then worry about the studio equipment afterwards. This comment makes assumptions that you are doing portrait work, is that the case?
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #2732

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Gregory Cazillo wrote:
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I think you should get a good portable setup going with your SB's, then worry about the studio equipment afterwards. This comment makes assumptions that you are doing portrait work, is that the case?

I think so, because of the sizes of the equipment.

Even though, i would make the decission, or taking the stuff outside or making 2 sets.

If you only can afford one set, you have to make sure its portable and you can carry it around pretty easily. And yes, you have to make the choice between Speedlights and studio flashes. I'd prefer studio flashes above speedlights, but when i am outside, i am grabbing the speedlights faster..

So, different cases ;) Different kind of gear.

There is no piece of hardware i can say which you really need above what you have. You have to see what you are missing and building that up. Preparing your work for what you are going to do will also help.

Greetings,
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #2738

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Looking at portraits.

Appreciate the comments and I have no problem with shooting my SB’s on the road and prefer shooting outside myself, but with winter here it doesn’t provide the ideal time of year for the client to get comfortable. Especially when I’ll be moving back to Wisconsin once my time is done in the military and winters truly are to extreme outside unless they want the it that time of year, I’m sure that it’s limited.
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #2742

I would start collecting more sb modifiers and maybe another sb. The big difference between sbs and studio lights are power and bigger modifiers. You can combine two sbs to get about the same power in a larger softbox like the alien bee.
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #2760

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I'll have no problem buying another SB-900/910, and for more modifies would a 24x24 be a wise investment?
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #3026

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D800 w/grip, D700 w/grip,V1,14-24mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8, 70-200mm F/2.8, 200-400mm F/4, 105mm,F/2.8,35mm F/1.4,35mm F/1.8, 85mm F/1.4,1.7x Tele
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Nice!
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #3029

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D800 w/grip, D700 w/grip,V1,14-24mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8, 70-200mm F/2.8, 200-400mm F/4, 105mm,F/2.8,35mm F/1.4,35mm F/1.8, 85mm F/1.4,1.7x Tele
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #3036

Keith and or anyone,

I have a question about your setup. My setup is very similar to yours. I'm using AB's with the White Lightning's for my studio lighting. I'm also using the PW's mini and flex with the AC3 and AC9 to trigger my lights. Have you noticed that your modeling lights do not work correctly with this setup?

I use the modeling lights to see how the light is falling on my subject. I add one light at a time which allows me to shape the light exactly how I want it. For example; main light on zone A, fill light on zone B. lets say you have your main light adjusted correctly and now you want to adjust your fill. When you turn off zone A, (to allow you to see the modeling light from zone B without any light from zone A from hitting your subject) the modeling light from zone B turns off and the modeling light from zone A stays on. The exact opposite of what you wanted. I even went to the PW utilities and unchecked the modeling lights box, but it did not change the behavior of the modeling lights.

I've exchange emails with PW support. Until now they were not aware of the situation when using our setup. She was going to pass the information to their programming department in hopes they will come out with a fix. Until then we have to manually turn off our modeling lights when we want to turn them off.

Mark
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Looking to expand 3 years 10 months ago #3037

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I'm sorry I'm not able to answer your question as I only have one strobe at the moment.
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