Want to try a small studio set up

Cabled, wireless, studio - anything do with using flash
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Ken M
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Want to try a small studio set up

Unread postby Ken M » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:14 pm

So I have always dreamed of setting up a small studio to maybe expand into the portrait world of photography. Cant stand the idea of my wife paying for tis when I know I could do better.
I was looking at this "Westcott Strobelite 3 Light Educational Kit"
I am open to any suggestions for the beginner. Also what does one need to connect my a65 to the strobes? I cannot figure that part out. I am sure it is a cable or a wireless device
but nothing is listed in the specifications of the kit.

Thanks for all the replies ahead of time!!
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Re: Want to try a small studio set up

Unread postby pakodominguez » Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:29 am

is this the kit you are talking about?
http://www.adorama.com/WESTL3LK.html
looks OK, just make sure how good and pricey is the rest of the system (barn doors, snoots, soft boxes, etc)
you need a small adapter for the hot shoe like this http://www.adorama.com/FPSC5.html in order to plug the sync cable. or a radio trigger like this http://www.adorama.com/FPRRS4.html (you can find this small accessories on eBay for a little less money)
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Re: Want to try a small studio set up

Unread postby Headcell » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:51 am

I have a flash adapter like that. Be aware that such adapters do not allow TTL metering. And I've red that some of the cheaper ones sometimes jam on the Sony hot shoe and are extremely difficult to remove.

When I bought one of those wonderful Yongnuo speedlights, I also bought a cheap adapter, and I've had NO problems with it. It's currently attached to my A57 and allows me to attached a Rode Video Mic. The Yongnuo has a sensor, so I set it as a slave to the on-board flash. It works very well.

Good Luck.

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Re: Want to try a small studio set up

Unread postby Ken M » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:13 pm

pakodominguez wrote:is this the kit you are talking about?
http://www.adorama.com/WESTL3LK.html
looks OK, just make sure how good and pricey is the rest of the system (barn doors, snoots, soft boxes, etc)
you need a small adapter for the hot shoe like this http://www.adorama.com/FPSC5.html in order to plug the sync cable. or a radio trigger like this http://www.adorama.com/FPRRS4.html (you can find this small accessories on eBay for a little less money)


Yes that is the one. Seems to include a lot for the price but that is why I am asking if it is a good kit to start out with.
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Tamron 72E 90mm 2.8 Macro
Sony 35mm 1.8 Sony
Sony 55-300mm and 55-200mm

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Re: Want to try a small studio set up

Unread postby pakodominguez » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:27 am

Ken M wrote:
pakodominguez wrote:is this the kit you are talking about?
http://www.adorama.com/WESTL3LK.html
looks OK, just make sure how good and pricey is the rest of the system (barn doors, snoots, soft boxes, etc)
you need a small adapter for the hot shoe like this http://www.adorama.com/FPSC5.html in order to plug the sync cable. or a radio trigger like this http://www.adorama.com/FPRRS4.html (you can find this small accessories on eBay for a little less money)


Yes that is the one. Seems to include a lot for the price but that is why I am asking if it is a good kit to start out with.

well, you have 3 150W lights, stands and a couple of umbrellas -that's a good starter kit.
But, when you pick a brand you need to think about what's coming next -and how much that "next" will be. Accessories for this kit (http://www.adorama.com/WESTL3LK.html#accessories) seams not that expensive. If you want to do portraits, You will probably need a couple of softboxes. Beauty dishes are also fashionable nowadays.
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