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Old 01-18-2019   #1
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I've done a fair amount of sports photography but not much studio work. I'd like to do portraits as well as product/food photography. I have one sb-700 but looking for suggestions for proper lighting kits. Don't want to spend thousands, but don't want junk either. I've had a couple of alien bees before, but never had any softboxes, etc. so looking for some suggestions.

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Your lighting needs will be in part based on your average shooting/studio space. You can never have to much light as you can dial the power down. You can however have too little light.

With that said best bet is to balance your light needs to your shooting space if you want to use cheaper lighting. Alien bees are a good start for the consumer/home shooter. Be sure to get enough light for your area, as consumer grade lights when dialed down low do tend to have color shift. Not something you want to have to work with. This is not so much of a problem with more expensive, professional grade lighting.

I would suggest that you start with a line that you can add to and start with two lights and a few reflectors. You can use your SB-700 as a background/hair light to start unless you have more background than the light will cover. I am not a fan of mixing lights but for a start it will work for background and hair light.

Add lights as you need them and as you improve. Finally, if you don't own this book buy it. I would suggest you get it first and read it before buying lights.
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Thank for the response. I've recently ordered that book (4th edition) and trying to keep my head above the water.


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