Lighting questions

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  1. Lsatblu

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    Hi all,

    Next week I am going to be taking some pictures of friends in my friend's house for my senior project. I don't start my senior project till next semester but I want as much practice this summer as I can get. One of my friends who is a photography major shoots with just her camera, an extra flash and a reflector.

    I plan on taking the shots around 5:30pm on when the sun is going down. My friend has nice large windows in his house so there will be a ton of sun light but I would like some extra light in case. Would purchasing two umbrella soft boxes be worth it? I plan on also buying a reflector.

    I might also take some pictures out on his deck so I would be able to place them outside as well.

    Thanks.
     
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    Depending on the strength of the light, the reflector might be enough. Of course two soft boxes would make a bad lighting situation much, much better, but people have and often do work with a lot less, (including no flash). If you got the cash, go for it though, it's definitely a worthwhile investment.
     
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    It's not a bad price and I would say that's something to start out with. You can experiment and along the way, get experience. You pay for what you get but for a little project such as what you say, I say the choice isn't a bad one.
     
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    An umbrella is not a softbox. An umbrella is an umbrella and a softbox is a softbox. They both achieve different effects that might not be so evident in a closed space like you're going after. As such, you might actually be better served just getting a couple of cheap umbrellas (for the cost of one of those softboxes).
     
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    Oh I see. I will look for an umbrella with a light attached to it then. :)
     
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    Erm. Do you not have a monolight or an off camera flash already?
     
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    No I don't, I am still shooting with a point and shoot. I will just borrow a fancy camera next semester from my college, but for now when I practice I think it works just fine. I can't afford to buy a dslr camera but I can make a reflector and purchase and umbrella or two..

    Here is a picture I took with it:

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    Reflectors usually need to be large enough to achieve more natural lighting to portraits
     
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    The thing about photography is its not cheap to buy equipment for it. However if you really plan to get into it and eventually do it as a profession, to have to invest in light modifiers, lenses and camera. I would recommend you start with a canon rebel series or equivalent if the money is tight.
     
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    For the umbrella, you need to have a light with it. The cheaper way is mount a flash with the umbrella. But you need to find a way to trigger it. Not sure about your camera whether it can trigger a flash or not. If you camera has a hotshoe, you can get a radio trigger. If you camera has a build-in flash, then a optical trigger may work.
     
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