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Keep it simple OK? ;-)
Old 12-09-2004, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1. I have a D70.

2. I want to jump into using strobes for lighting.

3. I have never owned or used a strobe. My ignorance is complete on this subject.

4. I want a system that doesn't involve cords dangling/attached to my camera... non-negotiable.

5. To start with, this will be for close-up headshots and tight portraits in a very confined indoor shooting space, so think minimalist, both in terms of abilities and expense.

6. Please explain how many separate and distinct "things" I will need to purchase for the most basic and minimal "system". One light is fine for now. Please include "peripherals" such as a light meter, if my camera cannot take great images using a strobe system without one being used. Etc etc etc....

Assume I'm from Mars. I've only used ambient and continuous light sources up till now. You will not insult my intelligence. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Re: Keep it simple OK? ;-)
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sorry about the wires - but you can get an adaptor that takes the flash shoe to
pc cord - from there you can go to radio control

or use a very small flash on the camera aim it away from your subject to trigger
flash sensors on your strobes

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Re: Keep it simple OK? ;-)
Old 12-09-2004, 02:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The minimalist approach...

1. AlienBees Beginner Bee Package. The general consensus is that AlienBees provides the most bang for the buck.
2. A flashmeter is a MUST when using strobes. Many people like the Sekonic L-358. That particular link includes a radio transmitter... not needed, but for some reason is cheaper than without it. Sekonic is top-of-the-line... you can get by with cheaper.
3. An IR transmitter for the D70 hotshoe. I use the Paterson Interfit IRX. Use of a transmitter, either IR or radio, means no cables connected to the camera.

Notes:
I use a D70 and own all 3 recommended items. As mentioned above, you can save by getting a cheaper flashmeter. If the budget is really tight, you can skip #3 and use the D70 built-in flash as a trigger... just be sure to manually set it to its lowest power setting, which is enough to trigger the strobe.
Final note... IR requires line-of-sight. You may have difficulty triggering the strobe if it's placed behind the camera. To eliminate the problem, consider a radio transmitter/receiver combo instead of IR.

Hope that helps.
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Kurt, I would add some cheap reflectors, you can use foamcore for white then add silver and gold matboard drymounted to another sheet of foam core for your other reflectors, really nice when only shooting with onelight source

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