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Old 23-10-2009, 08:00 PM
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Home made soft boxes/lighting set ups

HI

Just wondering if anyone knows any websites that show

articles on making soft boxes for lighting for photography.

I am going to buy a canon L 70 to 200 IS F 2.8 soon,

its going to get used for people photography,and i need

to get some portable lighting solutions,so any pointers

would be good.

thank you,regards Chris
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Old 24-10-2009, 08:04 AM
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G'day Chris. I've been looking around at softboxes, umbrellas, off-camera lighting recently myself. I decided on umbrellas for their portability and flexibility. You can get some that you can use as a "shoot thru" for very soft light with a quick drop-off, or turn them around and bounce the light from inside reflector.

Not sure if you're already familiar with it, but the Strobist blog is by far the most popular strobe/flash lighting website around. Every flash user should have it bookmarked IMO.

Lots of info and reading there, but in particular look at the drop down boxes on the right hand side. The one that says "Lighting 101", you'll see links to get you started I reckon.

Another great resource is the POTN Flash sub-forum.
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Old 24-10-2009, 10:56 AM
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re lighting

Thanks Troy!

Yes,the umbrella option is a good idea,i will check out those

sites thst you mentioned,i did have a guy from POTN tell me

he bought a inexpensive umbrella light set up,and achived good results.

Any thoughts on where i can get such a set up in Australia,would be

good,

thanks Chris
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Old 24-10-2009, 10:30 PM
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I buy a lot of photographic gear from the US - adorama.com
Just can't beat their prices here is Aus. B&H Photo and Amazon are very similar prices. Check out the link to Midwest Photo Exchange from the Strobist website, too. Not so much to actually buy from, but more on what sort of stuff they include in their "starving student" strobist kits.

Don't be turned off by the fact some of these online stores are in the US - delivery time is as good as if it was ordered here.
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