Advice for my first lighting kit

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Coffeepillow, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Coffeepillow

    Coffeepillow TPF Noob!

    Nov 19, 2009
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    I am looking for a lighting kit that fits my needs, but I am so lost when it comes to looking for one, so I figured I would ask for some help. I just graduated from college last May and I was allowed to use their lights, which were very expensive but worked exactly to my needs, but now I need my own lights and I don't have much money to spend.

    I do HDR images with figures, so I need something bright enough that my longest exposures are short enough to prevent ghosting from movement. I have never used a flash before to make hdr images (i'm not even sure how plausible it is), so I would like to have continuous lights. I also need to be able to diffuse them, so an umbrella or soft box attachment is necessary. Also, i would like to be able to use color filters as well for the lights.

    I only need 2 or 3 lights and I am looking for something under $500

    I know this sounds like a lot, but any advice that you can give is welcome. Thank you!

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