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    Lighting Help!

    I've used lighting before but never set it up or bought it before.
    Im using a sony a350.
    I need two big lights for small weddings and cocerts.
    What do I need and recomendations?
    Its not going to be used everyday so it doesnt need to be amazing.
    any help is awesome
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

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    What exactly will you be using the lights for? Formal portraits? Help lighting the venue?
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    Half for doing portraits, such as a band. Nothing in like super dark areas but just so I have eveyrthing to go.
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

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    Have you considered using a hot shoe flash with a diffuser like the Sto-Fen Omnibounce? A lot of wedding photographer use that kinda setup in the reception and such.
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    Recommendation: Get a solid book on lighting and get reading. Artificial lighting takes practice, practice ... yep, Carnegie Hall, here we come! If you can make it to one of the camera stores, like B&H or Calumet Photographic, these guys sell this gear for a living and can often advise you with direct questions and suggestions.

    Remember: inexperience can cost you money.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-12-2009 at 10:20 AM.
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    shop lights in a soft box work as good as anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by SONYNUT View Post
    shop lights in a soft box work as good as anything
    Yeh, but fitting the people into the soft box gets a bit tricky.
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    I just want someone to link me to something they recomend like a kit lol
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

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    Lightbulb A kit to kick butt

    Wireless Strobes & Stands

    Background Kit

    This is my choice ... and basically what I have ... supplying my own wireless trigger signals (as it had not be invented back then)


    Still, I recommend reading about it, first.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-15-2009 at 12:55 PM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Wireless Strobes & Stands

    Background Kit

    This is my choice ... and basically what I have ... supplying my own wireless trigger signals (as it had not be invented back then)


    Still, I recommend reading about it, first.
    for small weddings and concerts ? come on Don get real. lol

    brian you have 3 options.

    1. use a hotshoe mounted flash as reg suggested with a big diffuser.
    2. use the IR wireless trigger built into your sony dslr in which case you need 2 sony flash units that work in wireless mode, the sony guys can help you with that.
    3. the best option by far...use radio triggers. an option like cybersyncs is a good cheap reliable option. you would need 1xtransmitter and 2xreceivers, (1 for each flash). then you buy pretty much any older flash unit that has a PC sync port, (like the sb28's for example), which are pretty cheap.

    option 3 will set you back around $600-$700 i suppose.
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