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A home studio with studio flashes, part 1

Posted On: Nov 14, 2019

Seen by: 180

Categories: Info

Author: Ton

General

Despite the many simularities with the home studio with camera flashes, there are also some distinct differences. Thats why I chose to create a separate blog for this. Compared to camera flashes, studio flashes have the following characteristics:

advantages:

  • more light
  • faster recharge
  • Continuous modeing light
  • loads of accessories

disadvantages:

  • larger and heavier
  • more expensive
  • requires connection to mains

For your information: nowadays there are rechargeble studio flashes on the market. These combine the advantages of normal studio flashes with the ease of tranportation of camera flashes. Thy are however still expensive.

The default requirements for a portret studio, of which you of course can deviate, are a main flash and a fill flash. For the latter you could also use a reflector. For effect lights on hair on on the background you could use another flash.

Things to consider

  • You probably need a background, so count that in in your budget. This could in its simplest form also be a sheet.
  • The minimal required space for a portret studio is about 3 by 3 meters. When models need to stand you also need at least 2.50 meters height. When sitting down you still need about 2.25 meters.

Experiment, try and learn

You need: 2 studio flashes on stands, 1 softbox, 1 umbrella and 1 flashtrigger. When taking pictures of objects you could use things like white sheets of paper or cardboard as reflector. Also, a tripod proves very helpful.

2nd hand - Budget: €250,- up to €550,-

There are of cours some disadvantages. You don't know the history of the flashes. But by checking them on different settings you could lower the risk. Try them with our own camera.

New – Budget: €250,- up to €950,-

A nice set is for instance this one from Linkstar. The flashes produce a lot of light and have a standard bajonet mount for accessories. This makes the possibilities nearly endless.

Even on this site you will find cheaper sets, for instance this one from Falcon Eyes. These flashes will work fine for experiments. However in the near future you see yourself wanting to expand your hobby, this set proves to by less attractive. The modelling light is not proportional, the amount of light is much less and there are less accessories available. There is an adapter available to let you use standard accessories. The total setup is however less stable.

In part 2 I will give some info on setup and settings.

 

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