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Akatzmarkphotography 6:38pm, 23 June 2008
I have this urge to learn strobisty stuff, can anyone help me out? I can provide my own little models... I have a 430 ex speedlight that has a broken lcd and i am getting a 530 soom.. I have a tripod, what else do i need?

These?
www.alienbees.com/cybersync.html

Anyone wanna mentor me?
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 10 years ago
Those are a perfect trigger and receiver combination. I may pick some up myself eventually.

Do you have any light stands or Umbrellas?

The bonus to using the wireless triggers is, as long as they have PC ports and manual controls, they work with the strobist mentality. You don't have to have the same brand as your camera because they won't be on the hot shoe.

For instance, I shoot Pentax, but for flashes, I use two Nikon SB-24's and a Vivitar 285hv flashes.


We could setup another strobist meet. I am far from good at using lighting but am always eager to learn more and share the little info I have.
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Drew C 10 years ago
i'll probably pick myself up some of those cybersyncs too... unless the radio popper jr's really entice me. for now. the cactus v2's do the trick.
i dont think either the 430 or the 530ex have pc syncs... so be aware of that when you choose receivers... (the 530exII does...)


at least an umbrella+stand would be a must. you can do a lot with a single light and reflectors and maybe a nice big window?

what kind of final image might you be looking for. do you have examples of something you're trying to achieve that you cant with your current setup?
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Akatzmarkphotography 10 years ago
I have a continuous light thingy stand with a whitish umbrella..

I am thinking cool outdoor photots
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JustinSinks 10 years ago
True, the 430 and 530ex dont have pc ports, but there are simple cheap solutions you can pick up.

I agree, we should do another strobist meet. One that I can go to this time. ;)

As for what to trigger your flash with, I would suggest getting with some of us that have the different kinds first. That way you have some hands on time and can make the best choice.
That said, Im really looking forward to radio popper jrs...
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Akatzmarkphotography 10 years ago
see i am already lost
Anna Merritt 10 years ago
I am lost too, however I would sure like to learn too! Seeing others equipment and how they work before purchasing is a great idea!
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maxcaven 10 years ago
Best adivce you could probly get is to go to strobist.com and read all of lighting 101.

watch this as well www.pduncan.com/strobiststart/
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Drew C 10 years ago
i'd probably recommend reading strobist' lighting 101 also, but to be honest, i'm a person that learns from experimenting. so i just asked a few questions... plopped down some money, and played around till i started getting what i liked. not the most efficient way of doing it, but i'd like to say i'm a quick learner.

i'd be willing to bring gadgets and equipment to another 'strobist' type meet so that people could learn what the heck we're talkin 'bout
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
These guys are just giving you the names of these little devices to trigger your flashes when they are off camera, just like those new Alien Bees ones (Cactus, Radio Slave, Pocket Wizard, Radio Popper, are some others.) Google them to get familiar with them all. they all really do the same thing -- allow your camera to fire your flash(es) without a chord between them.

With any of these models, you have to make sure that they are compatible with your flash units -- ie, the connections are right. Some just require your flash to be hooked to a "hot shoe" on the receiver, some require a PC socket (look at your manual if you aren't familiar with what one of those looks like.)

Many images outdoors that use these flash units "remotely" (ie, not connected to the camera directly) are taken with no light modifiers at all (without umbrellas or softboxes, etc.) but I would at least have some kind of light dome covering the flash to diffuse it some.

Did your flashes come with one of those??

Yes, a strobist gathering would be very beneficial!
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How about a weeknight at Brighton Beach? It is large enough and there are plenty of cool places to take some portraits. On the rocks, in the water, in the warming shacks, gazebo etc....
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Akatzmarkphotography 10 years ago
im game
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JustinSinks 10 years ago
We could have a BBQ while there... :)
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manley.josh 10 years ago
strobist...brighton beach...BBQ...beer...ok i added the last one but it sounds like a plan.
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HBRstudios Posted 10 years ago. Edited by HBRstudios (admin) 10 years ago
Cool!

When??

Can you have beer at Brighton Beach?
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Doesn't appear so unless we file for a special permit.
www.duluthmn.gov/city/parksandrecreation/Secondarypages/p...
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
yes lets do this
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Bring beer in coolers
Bring a plastic cup
pour beer into plastic cup
keep empties in cooler.

Out of site, out of Mind.
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manley.josh 10 years ago
i agree with Shawn...(AAAAHH OUCH!) sorry that hurt to say. :)
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Drew C 10 years ago
haha
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