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| Re: Input needed for Christmas Photo Flash Setup |
techster82 wrote: ...My main focus right now is making sure I have the right equipment and on a conservative budget.
One man's conservative is another man's avarice; can you state a specific budget?
For this kind of gig you probably want to do like the shoppiong mall Santa Photo stations do: have one generic setup that works well with everybody. For that, a single strobe centered above the camera, with a regular reflector for fairly hard key light, and a fill light to one side of the camera with an umbrella or soft box.
Adjust the power levels of the lights once using a flash meter -- or a gray target and reviews of the camera's histogram -- and then leave them be since your subjects will be wearing different colors of clothes and have different skin/fur tones that could throw off reflected flash metering.