is this a good flash?

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    third_shift|studios TPF Noob!

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    I just bought a Sony a300 and love it. The flash is kinda crappy though. I've never done a lot of flash photography and am realizing that with a flash or strobe, i can greatly improve my work and move on to doing more people subjects. In the future, i'm going to be shooting a lot of semi nude/nude. So is this a good flash?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/TTL-AF-DIGITAL-...A300-A200_W0QQitemZ120325478165QQcmdZViewItem

    i like this set too, thouhgts?

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/390686-REG/Impact_EX100A_KI_One_Monolight_Kit_.html

    I want to be able to have some directional light, so i thought about geting a flash and a stretchy sync-cord that I can just hold the flash off to the side to create some nice directional light. But it looks like this one can kinda do that job for me with the tilt/swival.
     
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    I can't attest to the quality of that flash, but it looks like it will work with your camera.

    Getting the flash off of the camera is one of the best things you can do to improve your lighting, especially if you are going to be shooting artistic nude/figure photos. You can use a 'hot-shoe' flash off camera, either with a cord or with a wireless system or you could go with a monolight 'studio' type light. The biggest difference is the power supply. A studio light usually runs on AC power, while a hot-shoe flash usually runs on AA batteries. There are pros and cons to each, so you should decide what is more important to you and your style of shooting.
     
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    I had an idea to use both, just now. Using the flash as key light, maybe holding it off to the side and using the strobe as fill/soft light. It just sounds like a cheap/effective solution.

    I spoke to a rep at B&H, and they said it would turn out like crap?? I didn't understand why, since fundamentally it's the same, other than my limited 3' armlength
     
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    if you decide on the hotshoe flash, i would suggest getting a stand and an umbrella/flash bracket for the stand, a reflecting umbrella, a few sets of rechargable batteries, and some nice long sync cords to start out, this way you can have a highly portable and versatile set up. on the other hand if you will be working in a studio or at locations where you dont need super portability and ac power is always available, then go with the studio light. hope this helps you out.
     
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    they make these for hot-shoe flashes? please show me, bud! :confused:
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This link should show you just about everything you'll need to know, to get started...
    Strobist
     
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    www.flashzebra.com has a TON of cool stuff, and the owner is a really nice guy.

    I picked up my umbrellas and stands from our forum sponsor Adorama.com for fair prices. The rest came from flashzebra.
     
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    third_shift|studios TPF Noob!

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    THAT'S RAD AS TTOPS!!! i can toss that on my tripod :hail:
     
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    holy cow, i learned more watching that then the two semesters of photography i took...thank you very much!
     
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    Jerry, my pal! Thank you for that site. It's wonderful! And cheap! I've just spent $50 there.
     
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    That one on ebay looks like junk. I would suggest a used SB-28 or 26 over that.

    www.strobist.com learn to light
     

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