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Old 10-13-2009, 12:09 AM
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A generic "what flash should I get" question

So I am very new to lighting techniques and I was wondering What is a standard type of flash that provides "the most bang for your buck"?
I was looking at the Canon Speedlite 580 Ex II but I am not really sure how I would set it up so that I can use a Slave flash? I have a Canon 500D.
So for example what cables should I buy, or should I buy a receiver and transmitter?
I really only know the bare minimum so if anyone could clarify certain terms it would be helpful.
Also I would really appreciate it if someone could just tell me a list of items I should buy for what flash they recommend so I don't go buying the wrong things.

Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:16 AM
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Re: A generic "what flash should I get" question

KEVINRU, Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends.

A nice place to start might be Strobist Lighting 101

(Scroll down just a little on the right and click the Lighting101 archives and also look at the Lighting102 Archives)

You might also consider the Strobist Group on Flickr
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:19 PM
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Re: A generic "what flash should I get" question

I use a simple Soft Box Umbrella with a generic TTL Flash and it works pretty good.
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I use a simple Soft Box Umbrella with a generic TTL Flash and it works pretty good.

Where can I get something like that?
B&h?
What kind of flash is generic?
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:15 PM
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Re: A generic "what flash should I get" question

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Where can I get something like that?
B&h?
What kind of flash is generic?
anything that does not say Canon

My shooting partner shoots with canon, he uses two 430EX II flashes with the remote commander.

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Speedlit...5572857&sr=1-1

it gets the speedlight off camera, and it controlls multiple speedlites all with TTL metering.

What kind of shooting are you trying to do? there are many types of flash setups and slaves out there.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:47 AM
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Re: A generic "what flash should I get" question

I am going to start doing outdoor portraits for a couple of bands/people as well as indoor
so I should just get a master flash (580 EXII/430 EX II) and then slave flashes?
I am not sure what other flashes I should get as slave flashes though.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:01 AM
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Where can I get something like that?
B&h?
What kind of flash is generic?
Generic flashes are those from alternative brands instead Nikon or Canon which works in these cameras. Most Canon cameras accepts any brand of flash, and you can control most of the features of the flash just with the camera while Nikon is more selective and it only works with Nikkon Flashes as far as I know. The advantage buying the same brand than camera flash is that you will have all the falsh controls in the camera. For example, with most Nikon cameras you can control the potence of the flashes from the camera and the grouping if you're working with many flashes.

Softbox Umbrella: http://www.teamworkphoto.com/images/...brella_box.jpg You see the flash these umbrellas has connected is not TTL, it's a professional studio flash, which is much powerfull and it also has a modelling light which is quite useful, but, if you are low in budget, with a generic TTL is enough, something around $400-$450 usd is all what you need.
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