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I was hoping the lighting sages here could help me with upgrading my lighting equipment. I have been shooting semi-pro for the last year. Most of my jobs are editorial (travel), interiors, e-commerce and occasionally weddings.
I shoot mostly on location using natural light but for e-comm work, I use studio lighting.
I want to learn more about strobe to aid in natural light work too.
I am 5'5" and female, light weight means a lot to me
The things I have to light are:
- Hotel Rooms (I have seen people use strobe + light banks to great results)
- Full body shots of a person (model moving at .5 - 1 second per shot)
- Table top products
Camera equipment wise, I use Canon 5D Mk ii with a small collection of L lenses.
My current lighting equipment are:
Canon 430ex II
- Small folding softbox
- 43" umbrella
- light stand
Flashpoint strobe 320M (150 watt),
- a 24x32x17" photoflex medium softbox (huge pain to assemble)
- light stand
Triggered by a set of Calumet quad plus wireless triggers (I put it on the flash so it also triggers the studio strobe)
How should I upgrade this system with portability in mind? Ultimately I would like to have 3 lights for maximum flexibility. I also would like to achieve a setup with an overhead light plus two on either side for jobs that calls for super even lighting.
Should i invest in another studio strobes or another speedlite?
Pro: light weight, portable, easy to mount on boom, ETTL (tho I don't know how to use it)
Con: Not as bright as strobe, need separate wireless trigger, no modeling lamp (can't focus in the dark!!), carrying a bucket of batteries kind of sucks.
Strobe (Alien bee or Einstein)
Pro: more power, modeling lamp, freeze action
Con: bulkier, need power source (I am ok with this).
Also, should I invest in a bunch of pocket wizards (control lighting from one position) or should I keep buying those calumet wireless triggers? Or maybe something else??
Any advice would be appreciated
Edited on Feb 23, 2013 at 06:11 AM · View previous versions