#1. "RE: Simple Home Studio Suggestions" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 21-Dec-12 02:14 PM by Luke_Miller
Rural Virginia, US
I'm now into monolights, but started with SB-800s. I found CLS to generally work fine. I used umbrellas and added an old speedlight (SB-25) on an SU-4 for a background light. I used an SU-800 to trigger my SB-800s. I think the SU-800's IR control flashes tended to reduce "blinkies" by my subjects.
Doing photography of children pushed me into the monolights. I often found the expression I wanted was the one just after the flash fired. With speedlights I had to wait until the flashes recycled and missed the shot. With monolights there is almost no recycle time and I can capture the look I wanted.
#2. "RE: Simple Home Studio Suggestions" In response to Reply # 0
I have a similar setup, with an SB-600, 700, and 900. I use an Alzo 24x36' softbox for the 900, several types and sizes of umbrellas that I use with my 700. You can have a lot of choices there as they are really cheap. I have some you can shoot through and one with a black backing and white reflective inner surface. I have a homemade snoot which I use on my 600 as hair light.
I have basic light stands, mostly Interfits which I bought from Amazon. Plus assorted heads and clamps for holding the speedlights and umbrellas. Don't forget backgrounds. I have a cheap one which holds my one and only (so far) muslin background. I plan to upgrade in that area as soon as possible.
So all in all probably $1,000 invested over a year or two, which includes the speedlights. Not bad at all. The nice thing is you can pick up a piece here and a piece there. Plus make up you own stuff and save even more. Later on I will share a photo I took of my apartment studio, so you can get a feel for the space it takes up etc. I have a small apartment, but even so, I have room to work.
#3. "RE: Simple Home Studio Suggestions" In response to Reply # 2 Fri 21-Dec-12 03:34 PM by mkbee1
I looked at your gallery...Cute kids!
It sounds like you have in mind a simple set-up that won't break the bank,right? Me,too...I don't like carting tons of clanking ironmongery around with me.
I have a lightstand I got from daBay, an umbrella holder, an umbrella, and one great little SB600, which I tie to my D 50 with the marvelous SC-28 cord. For more extension, I daisy chain it with my SC-17 cord. Works great!
I made a tie-dyed backgrond, and bought some material from a quillting store, which do very well when I want something more formal. No background stand yet, but gaffer tape works very well for short times. There are some inexpen$ive ideas for DIY background supports on the 'net. One of these years, I may get around to building one.
I also have 3 Sunpak manual-capable flashes, one OOOld Vivitar manual flash, miles of sync cords and a couple of little amoeba-looking flash stands, plus a half-dozen optical slave triggers left over from the days when I thought I wanted to become a Strobiste.
Simple is better, IMO, and I think I may once again work with the Strobist stuff, (actually,I just take two Aspirin, and lay down for a while in a quiet room, and it goes away!) but till then, simple does it!.
Looking forward to getting my D 90, which can act a Commander, which will eliminate the sync cords...If I can figure out how to make it work.