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As for the pictures, great job guys. We need everyone to start posting more work of theirs. If you dont have any to post, go out and shoot something!
Have now sold my FZ50 on eBay for £280 (around $560 USD) so no more pictures from me until I get my shiny new D300 sometime around the third week in August.

Having chosen the lenses I want to get, I'm now looking into lighting options for getting into portraiture. Obviously, I need at least two off-camera lights, but being on a fairly limited budget, I'm not sure what to get. Compared to lenses, flashes like the SB-600/800s seem relatively inexpensive (although still somewhat costly in absolute terms, relative to my initial budget) and two SB-600s might be what I'm looking for, but unlike lenses, I have spent very little time learning about flashes and lighting, so I'm busy trying to learn all I can about lighting now.

So far, I've done some research into portraiture composition, lenses, light and lighting configurations, but much of the details are still to be learned and I'm not sure about the actual hardware set-up for the D300 and what flashes might be best, or exactly how they work remotely. For example, where do they get their electrical power from? Do they plug into the mains, have an independent battery pack, connect somehow to the camera? Also, how do they stand, do they have attachable "feet", do they clamp onto stands? In addition, what kind of diffusion is best, should light be reflected, or diffused through soft-box material? So much to learn .

My initial thoughts are for getting two off-camera flashes (perhaps SB-600s?) and controlling them via the D300, using the pop-up flash as the "commander" for the other two, perhaps using umbrellas, but I'm a little fuzzy on the details atm, so any advice or links to good information sources, would be very much appreciated .

Anyway, counting down the days until I get the D300. 42 days to go .

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Sorry for the large size: It needs it or else it looks bad:



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Good for you.

I would just start out with the sb600s, 2 of them. There are negligible differences between them and the sb800, none of which will ever be seen in a photograph. They are powered by 4 AA batteries each, and both come with a built in flap-like diffuser thing. As for diffusion, bouncing off the ceiling works 90% of the time. You can also use note cards, and other household objects to diffuse the flash. There really is no need to buy a diffuser unless you want to. Umbrellas might as well be substituted for note cards, as they give the same effect. I would only get them if you are doing professional portrait work. AND they are cumbersome to carry around, and I guarantee your not gonna want to whip them out when you see a bug in the yard everyday..

Also, the d300's popup flash will fire any where from 1 to 30 remote flash if they are all in range. I wouldn't worry about figuring this out until you actually have the camera.

The nikon flash section of photo net is a great place to read up from everything to troubleshooting to different techniques about nikon flashes.

http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/...nd+Speedlights

Here is their portrait section too:
http://photo.net/portraits-and-fashi...ography-forum/

What I like to do, especially on a rainy day, is just browse the photo net gallery once in a while. There is some AMAZING work that you cannot find anywhere else and is organized much neater than anything flickr could do. There are about 30 sections for the gallery with each having thousands of images. I've gotten a lot of ideas from there:

http://photo.net/gallery/photocritique/filter

My image for the week:


D300, 18-200mm
Thanks for the links!

You know, that scene looks exactly like the English countryside. Was it a bit overcast when you took it? It's a nice, well composed shot, as we have come to expect from you now .

So you think a couple of SB-600s will be enough to start. The 600s are about 40% cheaper than the 800s in the UK, so that'd help the finances a little bit.

I've had some interest, from friends of my partner, regarding me taking some portraits for them (after I developed an interest in trying portraiture), for which I would receive payment. They know I have very limited experience, but even so, I'd like to try to do a good job for them if possible. With this in mind, I was hoping to get some diffusing equipment, along with backgrounds and perhaps a few extra lights to go along with the two flashes. I would either be taking these portraits at their home, or better still, at mine (where I can set everything up at my leisure a few days previous), but either way, it would be indoors, which makes it a bit easier.

With regards to the SB-600s. Would I be correct is assuming they'd need stands to attach to, to be able to position them correctly? Like tripods for flashes, or something like that? It seems like that kind of thing would be a good idea anyway, otherwise finding something appropriate to place them on at the correct angles could be a bit tricky?

Also, what do think about softboxes, "brollyboxes" (the softbox/umbrella hybrid), scrims and shoot-through umbrellas? Any good? Apparently many of these light modifiers can be relatively light and portable?

As always, advice is welcome!

Thanks!

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Also, I added a finished the new logo to my site, so far it has good 'reviews.'

I also split up the nature and animals into two sections.

Let me know what you think....link in signature.
Ah, yes. Now in my opinion the new logo is much better than the previous one. It still has the artistic flair of the previous one, but the text is much easier to comprehend.

Good choice!

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nice horse ecoyd, haven't shot anything lately but i was tring to make me a profile pic and i came up with this (not that good but its awfully shinny)
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Edited by ecoyd1 - 3/24/14 at 10:02am
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Shooting Tele most of the time Canon is winner

If shooting on lower end Nikon is winner unless you have a 1DmkIII's

Been on both camp and make substancial amount off income from photography.
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Nikon D40
I love it. Right now just have the stock lens, but looking at upgrading it.

EDIT
I'll have to post some shots later, tried attaching some but the quality was too low.
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