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Keith Dukes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/15/2005

Flash vs Studio Lighting

Hello Everyone,
I have a question. Let me start by saying, I know there is a big difference between the two, but hopefully at the end of my question I will get my point across.

I am working on a constrained budget (imagine that), and am looking to buy either a set of Alien Bees (800's), or a nice hotshoe flash (Canon 430ex, or sigma EF 500 DG). All will be used with a canon 20d. My options are to buy one, wait 6 months to a year and then buy the other.

Okay finally the question, how much studio type work (i. e. baby against a black background, portrait against a pure white background, ect...) can I accomplish, if any, with these type of hotshoe flashes. Also, if anyone has good or bad experiences with any of the above mentioned equipment I would appreciate your opinions on them.

Thanks in advance,

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10/12/2005 5:11:04 AM

Keith Dukes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/15/2005

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10/12/2005 9:40:05 AM

Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  Hi Keith,
I have a bit of info on this subject. I shoot with the 20D and I have the sigma ef 500 super flash with the omni bounce attached. I have done several shoots in my house with the black or white background and this set up. The omni bounce is the trick for me to get the right look. I would love some lights, but can't afford them just yet. I have a white ceiling in my living room where I use the bounce flash. Although it is not the perfect lighting, it does a nice job. But this is just my experiance. I do outdoor portraits and weddings and need the flash for those purposes. If you go to my gallery and look at the newborn pics, those are done with the setup I mentioned above. If you'd like to see more, just let me know. Good luck with your decision!!!!

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10/13/2005 6:56:00 AM

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