Registered: May 29, 2012
Total Posts: 169
Country: United Kingdom

Hi folks,

I think I'm about to have a complete meltdown regarding studio lights and which ones to go for, I've been researching for weeks. I was considering going down the speedlight route for this stuff but on reflection a combination of the two may tick all the boxes for my applications, both inside and outside.

I want to make sure I order lights with enough power, and at the same time don't want to be in position where I can't switch them down far enough, my research leads me to believe 400W would be a good compromise? The room in my home is 10ft x 14ft.

So far the best value kit I can find here in the UK (I'm on a tight budget) is the Elinchrom kits below:

In the immediate short term this is for high key portraits, babies, small families etc and i'd like to build on this and go in to more fashion based portraiture. Are these soft boxes any good or should i just go with the umbrellas and put the remaining cash towards something better?

I was thinking about using my SB-700 with a reflective umbrella to light the background in the short term?

Does this sound feasible, a good kit to get me started, the remote skyport trigger is included as well which sweetens the deal even more. Buff is expensive here in the UK, the lower end Bowens stuff seems very limiting and the Lastolite kits have to be serviced to change the lamps.

Thanks in advance

michael kilner
Registered: Feb 09, 2007
Total Posts: 9741
Country: United Kingdom

Have a good look at these varying kits,they get good reviews,am going to buy the elite 300s myself .

Registered: Aug 21, 2008
Total Posts: 8566
Country: United States

dougfatheruk wrote: ...I was thinking about using my SB-700 with a reflective umbrella to light the background in the short term?

I like the D-Lites; I almost bought a few myself.

As for lighting the background, try the umbrella but also try this: move your subject as far from the background as your space and lens selection will allow, and then place the Speedlight on a short stand directly behind the subject and aimed at the wall.

Depending on the Speedlight's tilt angle and zoom setting, you can get background effects ranging from a vignette spot to a total white knockout.