Yo! Advice on Lighting Setup?

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Hello!

So before spending another $400 on a lens, I want to invest in some better lighting. Given a budget of, let's say $200, what would you recommend? Links appreciated.

I would like to do portraits inside and out, with my next shoot having an urban theme. I want this next shoot to be my best yet, and look a little more "professional." I know I need lights so I'm thinking 2-3 speed lights, remote(s) to activate them, tripods, and diffusers (softbox, umbrella, etc). I already plan to get a 5-in-1 reflector, but I guess I would need a stand for that too.

What would you recommend?

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I recommend a budget of $2,000.
 

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Yongnuos and cowboy studio flash triggers/receivers. A cheap way to get a decent setup.
 

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Yongnuos and cowboy studio flash triggers/receivers. A cheap way to get a decent setup.

I 2nd ^this. The Yongnuos will get you by (no TTL, but manual is better anyway) and the CBS radio poppers are reliable.
 

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I have a couple Yongnuo 603s haven't had a single misfire... Also really like my 560 IIs

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I would strongly recommend going with the YN triggers as opposed to the Cowboy Studio triggers!
have you had problems with the CBS triggers?
I got one in a job lot of bits & pieces I bought a while back, tried it, and it might fire eight out of ten times, and I know two photographers in my club that were lured by the low prices and regretted it.
 

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I have YN flashes But they will push you out of the $200 range.

This is my ETTL Youngnuo flash about 100 bux

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Look up Godox or Neweer TT520 speed lights on the bay. Also I have had good luck with the Wansen triggers. You can do 2 umbrellas and stands, 2 flashes, 2 flash shoe/umbrella swivels and wireless triggers for the 200 bux plus a black king size sheet for a background..,.i did.

These shot with above list including 2 TT520's at 1/4 power or so

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Yongnuos and cowboy studio flash triggers/receivers. A cheap way to get a decent setup.

I 2nd ^this. The Yongnuos will get you by (no TTL, but manual is better anyway) and the CBS radio poppers are reliable.

I believe there are Yongnuos available that have TTL, but I would like to try manual anyway.
 
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I have YN flashes But they will push you out of the $200 range.

This is my ETTL Youngnuo flash about 100 bux

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Look up Godox or Neweer TT520 speed lights on the bay. Also I have had good luck with the Wansen triggers. You can do 2 umbrellas and stands, 2 flashes, 2 flash shoe/umbrella swivels and wireless triggers for the 200 bux plus a black king size sheet for a background..,.i did.

These shot with above list including 2 TT520's at 1/4 power or so

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Now THIS is the kinda response I was hoping for. I've been weary of the Neewer/Godox brands but perhaps it'll be worth is? What is your experience with them? And could you give me perhaps Amazon links to the items in your setup?

Thanks!
 

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Yes I can look.....I am on my phone. Will need a bit of time to look stuff up on pc. I used the bay. Flashes bout $45 each, swivels $8, stands $20 pair, umbrellas 33" bout 10bux a pair, wansen 2 triggers and sender 20 bux, black sheet 15 bux, etc......I'll look on amazon for you tomorrow
 

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On the TT520's the guide number is lower than advertised but that is ok......on low power they recycle very fast on rechargeable AA's. I expose for a dark frame at 1/200 in a normally lit room and them bring each flash up to where I want it.... So I am using no ambient light. I have had zero issues with the flashes and I own two for my strobist work in addition to the ettl YN I use on my canon 1000d. Hope this helps
 
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Yes I can look.....I am on my phone. Will need a bit of time to look stuff up on pc. I used the bay. Flashes bout $45 each, swivels $8, stands $20 pair, umbrellas 33" bout 10bux a pair, wansen 2 triggers and sender 20 bux, black sheet 15 bux, etc......I'll look on amazon for you tomorrow

Thanks so much, I really appreciate it. And the flashes, how were/are they for you? And I'm trying to figure out how to trigger them... If I got the Yongnuos with built-in receivers, can I get just one transmitter and it would set off all three at once?
 

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