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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Umbrella, soft box, stands - recommendations?

    I'm getting prepared to do some outdoor location portraits and am looking at possibly using a wireless bounced flash in an umbrella as the main "catch" light, and a second wireless in a soft box as a secondary fill source.

    What I think I'll need -
    1. Umbrella on stand w/flash mount on a swivel
    2. Soft box on a stand also w/flash mount

    I don't have the hardware yet, though I hope to be able to find what I need in kit form (unless that's not such a good idea) - so I'm looking for some ideas for good, yet inexpensive softbox + stand kits / umbrella + stand kits etc...

    If I had to buy it in pieces, what exactly would I need? (ie. stand, swivel, boom, flash mount/hot shoe adapter, umbrella mount, umbrella???)

    Alternatively, if you think this set up is too over the top, let me know what YOu would do! Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Brisbane, CA

    If it's going to be windy at all then an umbrella might not be a good choice.

    Camera: Anonymous
    I could tell you but I wouldn't want you to get all pissy if it's the wrong brand


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Amvona.com has some kits available as well. I've been looking for a similar set up so good luck to you, it's definately a learning curve w/ all this lighting stuff LOL

    Canon 40D 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    A simple set up would be to use a Westcott 28" Apollo and reflector or the Ed Pierce Signature Edition Halo. This is a shot of a mother/child portrait I did about 12 years ago using the Halo and a 42" white reflector. One light source and simple to set up. Keep in mind, this is a photo of a photo I shot to post. This picture still hangs in my Old studio and I just shot it with flash to show and you can see the catch light in her eyes showing one light source. The posted picture doesn't do justice to the original canvas portrait.

    Last edited by ColColt; 08-17-2008 at 09:49 AM. Reason: Added Link

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