Question: Studio Lighting + Flash

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  1. Scrappy

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    Hello!

    I do quite a bit of photography work for others, but the majority of my work is done outdoors. On the rare occasion I do shoot indoors, I prefer to work with natural window light, with a couple of reflectors maybe. Because of that, I've never ventured into the world of flashes beyond my camera's built-in. I use a Canon Rebel XT (digital).

    So, I've long been wanting to set up an informal "studio" at home, mostly for photos of my kids (though I'm sure my friends & family will willingly be my guinea pigs, too). I've got a basic lighting set up on order for Christmas this year, consisting of two balanced fluorescent continuous lights with umbrellas.

    I'm wondering, then, would you recommend an additional on-camera flash, also?

    Thanks for any advice!
     
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    Stop.

    Fluorescent is not the way to go. In fact, there's not really any such thing as "balanced fluorescent." Balanced is short for daylight-balanced, which fluorescent is not. In short, shady marketing ploy.

    Go for daylight-balanced flash. Continuous light may be cheap but it's about as far from ideal as you can get.
     
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    hey, thanks! I guess, then... expand my question to include any suggestions for good, inexpensive, beginner light set up... and what (if any) flash you'd recommend to go with :)

    Any personal "bad experiences" with a certain set up would be appreciated, also!
     
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    Just want to add something ... I'd seen some examples of a problem with "fluorescent" lightning on the net. In some situation, the shutter speed of your camera is fast enough to create a band on your photos with fluorescent lightning. (Due to flickering - 50Hz or 60Hz AC)
     
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    A lighting setup with 2 200w/s gensis flashes with stands and accessories - $319
    http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/CF0502K1/

    Strobist lighting 101 - http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

    Gensis are pretty much rebranded Elinchrom lights. No slouches at all. That and they're a reliable brand. If you want studio strobes, then that's probably the cheapest way to go. The Strobist link will help you learn about lighting.
     
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    That's actually a pretty bangin' deal. Fan cooled, user replaceable tubes....very nice indeed.

    I second that particular kit.
     
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    And if you want to upgrade to some really high end stuff, you can drop several thousand on Elinchrom's other strobes and not have to "repurchase" modifiers and.
     

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