I’ve been toying with getting some studio lighting for the last few months and finally made the plunge. With a baby on the way, we wanted to get some maternity shots of my wife and, of course, shots of our newborn when he gets here. I haven’t been taking many photos lately as we’ve been getting ready for the baby, so I’m excited to get back behind the camera and learn some lighting techniques.
- Elinchrom BX500Ri kit which includes: 2 BX500Ri strobes, a pair of 25.5″ x 25.5″ softboxes, light stands and Skyport wireless triggering system. Should be a great set up to get me going that balances price and quality very well.
- Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meterto get the right settings quickly
- 46″ umbrella (translucent to shoot through) and light stand adapter to give me the option to use with our Canon 580 EX II, or with a BX500Ri if I want a larger diffuser than the softboxes that come with the kit
- Westcott Photo Basics 40″ 5-in-1 Reflector Kit with Standis a decent reflector kit that comes with a stand and should suit my needs well
- Adapter to use our 580 EX II as an optical slave from flashzebra.com to trigger the Canon flash as an optical slave so I can use it to expand my lighting set up (for background lighting, hair lighting, etc.)
- White and black seamless background paper and stand for a versatile background set up. Also need to pick up some “A” clamps from the hardware store to keep the seamless from automatically unrolling
- Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip for Canon 5D Mark II Digital SLRto make taking photos in portrait orientation much easier
Everything should be here by next Monday and I’ll report back after I get a chance to play with it a bit.