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so i am growing an interest in using a single light source off camera like a flash/speedlight/strobe for some pictures.

i dont know much about the flash systems but was wondering what would be a good starter set to try out off camera flash, obviously wireless might be the easiest but if its considerably cheaper to have it wired im willing to do it to try it out.

i dont want to spend a lot of money on all the equipment and can easily make my own diffuser and bounces at the craft store.

would really like to keep it under $100 but im not sure if that is realistic or not since i want to just try it out and im a beginner with working with flashes.
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if u want cheap, probably go for the 3rd party flashes..

nissin or metz i heard was ok.. n yongnuo?
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cool. i want to try to find a cheap 3rd party flash that my 7D can trigger wireless if that is even possible. i may be stretching too much. but i thought it would be fund to play around with single key lighting
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For under $100, i highly recommend a Yongnuo YE-465 etc. Great third party flash, just grab a sync cord and have fun with OCF!

Depending what you're wanting to shoot, you can also pick up some hot lights at home depot and just color correct the lights.
    
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yea i used to use shop lights from home depot for extra light on my student film sets at SCAD. and then return them when i was done using them


i might try a cheapo speed light and cord just to keep it low budget to see if i even like playing with lights or not. im so used to natural light but i think this would be fun to play with. ill just buy a really long cord lol so i can give myself extra space thanks for that suggestion. if i enjoy it enough ill invest in a good speedlight to trigger wireless and a softbox or umbrella

i think i probably plan on forcing my girlfriend to model for me at first to see how much i like playing with light when it comes to photography. then i might branch off and starting doing some of my headshots and portraits with a fill light that will be diffused somehow


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i guess i need to pick up some shoots so i can buy this shouldnt take more than 2 shoots tops to save up for these two



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yea i used to use shop lights from home depot for extra light on my student film sets at SCAD. and then return them when i was done using them


i might try a cheapo speed light and cord just to keep it low budget to see if i even like playing with lights or not. im so used to natural light but i think this would be fun to play with. ill just buy a really long cord lol so i can give myself extra space thanks for that suggestion. if i enjoy it enough ill invest in a good speedlight to trigger wireless and a softbox or umbrella

i think i probably plan on forcing my girlfriend to model for me at first to see how much i like playing with light when it comes to photography. then i might branch off and starting doing some of my headshots and portraits with a fill light that will be diffused somehow


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i guess i need to pick up some shoots so i can buy this shouldnt take more than 2 shoots tops to save up for these two

Amazon.com: 3.6M /10 FEET E-TTL Off-Camera Shoe Cord for Canon DSLR Flash 580EX II 550EX Canon 430EX II Canon 420EX 380EX replaces OC-E3b: Camera & Photo

Amazon.com: YN-560 Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon: Electronics
xD. You don't really need a hotshoe ettl cord since the yn560 doesn't do ettl (i think). A pc sync cord would probably be cheaper and longer to boot.
    
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um can you link me to what your talking about that would work just as fine with that speedlight that you suggested. idk what a pc cord is but im checking the side of my camera.

idk what im looking at but i see from the picture of the flash and i see the identical plug in my camera i just cant find the cable to hook it up.


also im glad im buying this instead. i put $70 aside to buy a cheap grip but really didnt want to buy it because it really would be a waste i think, just something to buy. id use it a bunch but im ok just twisting my wrist to shoot vertical
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Super Halogens from Home Depot/Lowes are awesome for really dramatic spot lighting, and they're like 20 bucks.
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um can you link me to what your talking about that would work just as fine with that speedlight that you suggested. idk what a pc cord is but im checking the side of my camera.

idk what im looking at but i see from the picture of the flash and i see the identical plug in my camera i just cant find the cable to hook it up.


also im glad im buying this instead. i put $70 aside to buy a cheap grip but really didnt want to buy it because it really would be a waste i think, just something to buy. id use it a bunch but im ok just twisting my wrist to shoot vertical
Here you go sir.

http://flashzebra.com/fivemetersync/0032.shtml
    
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Super Halogens from Home Depot/Lowes are awesome for really dramatic spot lighting, and they're like 20 bucks.
thanks for the suggestion. i agree from my past experience working with home depot lights on film sets but i dont really feel like getting a halogen light for playing around with. and i can use the flash on my hotshoe when taking photos at events around campus
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