Lighting kits and places for portraits?

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  1. Majin TCZ

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    I'm looking to set up a "studio" in my home but I know I'm going to need some lighting.

    What are some inexpensive kits or something that performs well. Perferably no more than 300 bucks.


    Also I have someone that wants to do portraits for them. I'm doing them for free to build my portfolio. Where are some general good places to shoot since I dont have lighting in my home yet and its cold outside?

    Any ideas/links will be greatly appreciated.

    This is my first post. W000t!!
     
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    Most photo stores will rent lighting equipment. You might check your local retailers and rent a set up to do your shoot with and that will also give you a chance to try some out.
     
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    1. Vivitar 285HV ($80 Shipped)
    2. Cybersyncs. ($140 Shipped)
    3. Light Stand ($29.90 Shipped on Amazon)
    4. Umbrella Swivel Adapter ($15-$30 Shipped)
    5. Cord To Connect To Cybersyncs. ($14 + shipping)
    http://www.flashzebra.com/wizardcables/vivitar.shtml
    6. Cheap Ebay Umbrellas ($10-$20 Shipped)

    This might come up to a little over $300, but I think this will make a great starter kit. This is the same thing I plan on doing with a little more funds.
     
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    That pretty much covers the hardware... now go visit www.strobist.com and find the links to Lighting 101 and 102 for the knowledge on how to use these things! ;)
     
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    I don't even have half the stuff I listed, but I have been reading plenty of articles on strobist ;)
     
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    Good head start, but it is best used if you can learn one concept, practice it... move to the next concept, practice that, and so on. Then things fall into place so much faster. :)

    As soon as you can trigger a flash off camera, start getting some hands on time... there is a lot to learn! :D
     
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    Thank you everyone for the responses so far about the lighting kits.

    Anyone wanna take a stab at my second question about where to shoot in the meantime til I get my kit.
     
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    hmm me likes this kit... pretty good price too... adding it to the "some day soon" list
     
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    This would be good for a portable on location kit, but for a studio where you don't have to worry about portability, a set of monolights can be a better solution.
     
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    And it accepts Elinchrom modifiers.

    Plus Alien Bees are making an adapter that will allow you to use AB gear on Elinchrom lights.
     

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