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    Default 2 or 3 lighting system for newbie?

    Hi,
    I currently own an SB600 speedlight and looking to buying my 1st set of studio lighting for portrait photography. My budget is $800 and I've basically narrowed down to either a

    Jinbei(EC-300) 3 light kit: http://www.thestudiooutfitters.com/s...ld2st5jllcqfb0

    Or Visico(VC-300) 2 light kit: http://www.***********.com.sg/ecomme...483&catid=12.2

    I've never had any experience with studio lighting and would be grateful if someone could enlighten me whether I should get the Jinbei or the Visico.

    Any comments would be much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymus
    Hi,
    I currently own an SB600 speedlight and looking to buying my 1st set of studio lighting for portrait photography. My budget is $800 and I've basically narrowed down to either a

    Jinbei(EC-300) 3 light kit: http://www.thestudiooutfitters.com/s...ld2st5jllcqfb0

    Or Visico(VC-300) 2 light kit: http://www.***********.com.sg/ecomme...483&catid=12.2

    I've never had any experience with studio lighting and would be grateful if someone could enlighten me whether I should get the Jinbei or the Visico.

    Any comments would be much appreciated.
    I like the ec series, good built and consistent. Go for 500w if u can.

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    Default Re: 2 or 3 lighting system for newbie?

    Quote Originally Posted by anonymus View Post
    Hi,
    I currently own an SB600 speedlight and looking to buying my 1st set of studio lighting for portrait photography. My budget is $800 and I've basically narrowed down to either a

    Jinbei(EC-300) 3 light kit: http://www.thestudiooutfitters.com/s...ld2st5jllcqfb0

    Or Visico(VC-300) 2 light kit: http://www.***********.com.sg/ecomme...483&catid=12.2

    I've never had any experience with studio lighting and would be grateful if someone could enlighten me whether I should get the Jinbei or the Visico.

    Any comments would be much appreciated.
    I have used Jinbei lights and find that the color is not very consistent from shot to shot. For your budget, I would rather go for 2 more speedlites (SB800 or SB900) with umbrellas and light stands so you are a lot more mobile. For the occasions you really need more power, just rent a studio for a few hours.

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    Nt forgetting mobility wise, the jinbeis are a pain in the ass. Haha find myself using speedlights more. My jinbeis see action once in a while but most of the time the speedlights work. If on a budget you can look at 3rd party flashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    I have used Jinbei lights and find that the color is not very consistent from shot to shot. For your budget, I would rather go for 2 more speedlites (SB800 or SB900) with umbrellas and light stands so you are a lot more mobile. For the occasions you really need more power, just rent a studio for a few hours.
    Thanks for your feedback. What kind of setup would you recommend with this configuration?
    Existing SB600 as backlight and SB800 as fill/key light? Also, my house has yellow lights. Without the model lamps, would this make it difficult to get a good white balance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymus View Post
    Thanks for your feedback. What kind of setup would you recommend with this configuration?
    Existing SB600 as backlight and SB800 as fill/key light? Also, my house has yellow lights. Without the model lamps, would this make it difficult to get a good white balance?
    As a start you can start with one SB900/SB800 and your SB600. SB800/SB900 as key and SB600 to do your rear/rim light. For fill, use a reflector for now. As you save more, or get more budget, or feel the need, add one more SB800/SB900. Get 2x standard lightstands and 2x shoot through umbrellas. Remember SB600 cannot be trigged as a optical slave, only as a slave in CLS. So when you start off, you might want to start off with CLS.

    Another route, if you don't mind full manual settings, you can also buy a bunch of cheap flashes, like old Nikon flashguns, or Yongnuo flash guns. And start playing with those. Make sure they can fire as optical slave, and get one trigger and receiver to fire off your key... set the rest to optical slave.

    Model lamps do not help you set white balance. Model lamps only give you a guide on how the light will fall on your subjects and the shadows it will create.

    With speedlites, just set your WB to flash. And shoot RAW, so you can adjust WB to your heart's delight in post.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 20th February 2011 at 05:15 PM.

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