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    Lightbulb 420ex good enough for tabletop studio

    hi everyone,
    i'm trying to set up a small tabletop studio to take pictures of food at home and i need some advice on setting up.

    i only have a 380ex and a faulty 420ex, and couple of ikea lights on the way (reflector, diffusers too).
    To stretch my dollar, shd i fix the 420ex at canon (estimated costs?), or just use the money to buy a better flash? In the near future i hope to buy a remote trigger system for the setup too... maybe even do some outdoor shoots.

    Im still learning how to light properly so i dont think i shd buy too much equipment. By the way i just blew my savings on a 40d...

    Would really appreciate any tips from the pros out there.

    thanks in advance...

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    Default Re: 420ex good enough for tabletop studio

    yes, you can.

    try not to use mixed light source, so you won't have trouble balance two type of color temperature.

    you can use sync cable since it a table top set up, when you have more budget, go for wireless trigger.

    do a search of DIY light tent in Clubsnap, it is good for table top set up.

    hope this help.
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    Default Re: 420ex good enough for tabletop studio

    thanks catchlights

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    Default Re: 420ex good enough for tabletop studio

    are u planning to use ETTL to shoot? the flashes u have doesn't have manual controls right?

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    Default Re: 420ex good enough for tabletop studio

    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    are u planning to use ETTL to shoot? the flashes u have doesn't have manual controls right?
    Actually quite embrassed to admit that my method is trial and error.
    Expose the picture manually with one ikea light, off center, diffused with wax paper and bounced as key light (or is it fill?? ), use the 380ex as fill by bouncing off the white ceiling, diffused. take a couple of shots and adjust. play with the flash via the flash compensation on the 40d. Can spend the whole night adjusting...take abt 100 shots for a few tolerable ones. Maybe i'll post a picture once i work up enough courage


    420ex spoilt so havent used it in years... gonna repair at canon soon. hope it wont cost more than 50 bucks..

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    Default Re: 420ex good enough for tabletop studio

    why dun u get a 550 or 580 so u can control the output? easier than relying ettl.

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    Default Re: 420ex good enough for tabletop studio

    yup, considering that option but the costs are a bit too much for me right now...
    so that leaves me with the broken 420ex and many late nights.

    but the temptation to buy at least the 550 is really great right now... must fight the dark side...

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    2nd hand 550 shld be quite affordable.

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    Default Re: 420ex good enough for tabletop studio

    yup...been trawling the buy and sell every hour...
    but nothing yet...most are missing the stand. quite impt i think...

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