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Old 12-28-2009, 06:59
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Default Calling All Photographers! Lighting Kits

Hey ladies,

I'm hoping somebody here might have some input for me. I'm looking for a lighting kit (not a macro lighting kit, a large one) and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? I've been looking on Amazon & I've found this set: http://tinyurl.com/ykwxfqc & http://tinyurl.com/ygzmaep
I'm not looking to spend over $125. It's going to be a birthday present to myself from my DH (he just doesn't know it yet!) and I don't want to go overboard. I'm just looking to take pictures of my son. I have a DSLR camera (not the greatest, but it's an awful lot better than my point & shoot) and I just can't afford to have professional photos taken every 3 months like I've had done.

Any input? Important things to look for? Recommendations? I was also looking at the stands for backgrounds, but I don't know if that's worth it.

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Old 12-28-2009, 07:08
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I have a canon xsi and I dont have any lighting kit at all. I do only natural lighting! So Im no help in recommendations. But there are ways to not use lights. HEre are some samples of my pics. If you play around with the settings, you can do it. Just open up a window and start shooting!
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:24
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I am such a fan of all of your photography! I have a Nikon D60, in retrospect I wish I had gotten a Canon. But either way, I'll have to try working with more natural light. I don't have the best lighting in my house (natural lighting, that is) which is why I got discouraged when I started trying to get pretty pictures. It's been awhile since I've put any effort into getting some nice photos, though. I'll have to go at it some more. Thanks for your reply!
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:33
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bump up your iso to allow more of the light to come in. Truthfully its in the settings. Sometimes there isnt much light at all, but when you change the settings around you can work with the light you have. Thanks for your wonderful compliments. Im no pro by any means but I love my camera and taking pics
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I will try that, thank you. And I think you're pictures are extremely professional to not consider yourself a pro!
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I have 2 strobe lights from cowboy studio and then I bought a seperate backdrop kit on amazon. I don't have either of those but I can tell you that those light bulbs are HUGE!!! You will get a ton of light from them! If you have any questions send me a PM!
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If you are looking for the best natural light, it is at sunrise and sunset. That is when I take my pictures outside.
What are you using right now, besides the camera?
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I use just natural light and then use Photoshop to play with the lighting. I use a piece of Vinyl I bought a fabric store...works great and no wrinkles

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If you are looking for the best natural light, it is at sunrise and sunset. That is when I take my pictures outside.
What are you using right now, besides the camera?
Right now I'm just using my camera, natural light, & lots of editing. I would just like it to go quicker, know what I mean? Editing takes such a long time, it's a pain in the butt sometimes!

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I have 2 strobe lights from cowboy studio and then I bought a seperate backdrop kit on amazon. I don't have either of those but I can tell you that those light bulbs are HUGE!!! You will get a ton of light from them! If you have any questions send me a PM!
Thank you, I'm gonna PM you.
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Those look really nice! I never thought of getting vinyl. I may have to try that out.
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I use just natural light and then use Photoshop to play with the lighting. I use a piece of Vinyl I bought a fabric store...works great and no wrinkles

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