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Please help out a "Flash Photography Virgin"...

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by perpetualjon, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. perpetualjon

    perpetualjon Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2013
    Southern California
    So... I got into the u43 world initially to shoot video. But I've just been taken by stills photography for the last year and think it's time to get my first strobes. I like shooting in low light with dramatic shadows but I've been working with continuous lighting equipment that I already had. But they're heavy and I can probably do much better with strobes. Here's what I'm thinking of getting:

    400W strobe with lamp
    --I like this sort of thing over a speed light because I don't really plan on shooting outside "on the go" where I'd need something mounted on the camera. Maybe in the future but not for right now...

    Wireless trigger set

    Soft Box (I've been working with soft boxes with my continuous lights and love them)

    ...Or maybe a beauty dish (soft box style)

    So, am I heading in the right direction? Are there any pitfalls to this? Hell, I don't even know if this equipment is compatible with my GH3 (although I'd be stunned if it isn't).

    Are there some good beginners tutorials on this sort of work? I'm already thinking of getting a good light meter but I've been using a light meter on my Android phone as of late but don't know how to calibrate it for a strobe.
  2. inkista

    inkista Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 13, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    First off, there's nothing wrong with what you've selected, but it's all bargain basement kind of gear. You may want to do some model and brand research before going for the lowest end gear. Just going for the lowest prices, as with most photography gear, can have unforeseen consequences.

    If you're really bound and determined to go bargain prices, I'd also point out that Yongnuo just announced a TTL-capable studio strobe. While that TTL would probably only be Canon-compatible at first, it's said they'll work with the YN-622C triggers. And I've used a YN-622C-TX and YN-622C triggers on my GX-7 to manually control the power level/zoom settings on my Canon TTL speedlights. This can be incredibly handy. Wireless triggers these days have a large range of capabilities, and the landscape changes very swiftly. Again, doing some more research into what's out there, and why you might want it would probably pay off.

    When it comes to modifers--buy as needed. Everybody's style and needs are different. What modifiers will appeal to you are similar to what lenses you want to put in the bag--not everybody needs the same things for the same reasons. And some modifers can be DIYed, others can't. And again, there's a large gamut of price/quality, and you may want to do a bit of research first. You definitely want the softbox because you know you need it.

    Most of us would say start simple. Start small. Start with one light. And one of the best sources of information will probably be the Strobist.

    You may also want to get this thread moved over into the Lighting section.
  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    I'd visit www.strobist.com and also the Strobist group over at Flickr.

    Lots of great info there already.
  4. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  5. klee

    klee Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2013
    Houston, TX
    if you're looking for cheap studio strobes, DPreview did an article on these units

    If you're not shooting exclusively in the studio, I recommend trying researching the GH3's TTL and remote commander function. I love the Olympus version between my EM5 and the FL-600R. (although, line of sight can be tricky for difficult studio type shots where the off camera flash is hiding behind an obstacle or prop).
  6. Aqualung

    Aqualung Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Central Mass
  7. perpetualjon

    perpetualjon Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2013
    Southern California
    Wow!! Awesome resources everyone. Thanks so much. I've got a bunch of reading to do now...
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