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Outdoor portrait lighting kit help

Posted: Sun, 21st Nov 2010, 4:42pm

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Hello everyone,
I am in the market to buy my first lighting kit but I am hoping to get something decent and last me a while.
My budget is $3000.00 USD
I have researched a bit and would really like to go strobe lighting but what's better for outdoor?
Halogen lights or strobe?

What I'm looking for: Flexible, portable, battery powered but I am going to buy a portable pwsupply so it doesn't matter.

I am also hoping to find something wireless. I guess that's why I opted for strobe.
Posted: Sun, 21st Nov 2010, 7:51pm

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From my experience, AlienBees strobes are pretty much one of the professional industry standards these days. I'd also say go for strobes, obviously especially if it's strictly for photography. I'm sure they sell AlienBees kits, but from what I can tell, you should be able to put something together within your budget.

Keep in mind, if you want to do wireless, you'll need a wireless slave for your camera if it doesn't already support wireless. Otherwise you're going to have to wire the camera to the flash source. You may be aware of this already, but just thought I'd remind.

A lower budget and more portable option (no need for power supply) is a multiple speedlight wireless kit. I'm not personally aware of any hardcore/professional flashes that don't require a power pack or power supply/source that aren't speedlight, and personally wouldn't bother, but I'm sure it's out there.

Sorry I couldn't give more than a(n extremely) trusted brand, I'm just getting into higher-level lighting myself. But that's certainly a place to start. Canon and Nikon make good speedlight flashes. Their higher ends are fairly professional-industry-standard, especially in the photojournalism field, but also in field portraiture.

Hope that helped, I'd be more specific if I could, but I haven't sprung for a strobe kit yet myself. If you need more help and can't find it here, FredMiranda has a great Lighting/Studio forum section:
Posted: Tue, 14th Dec 2010, 4:44pm

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I also have some articles that might be able to help you.

If you go to my website and click the 'snapshots' link you can search your topic, such as "outdoors" from newsletter articles and get a pretty good rundown on setup, shooting and marketing all kinds of events.
Posted: Tue, 14th Dec 2010, 4:57pm

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