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Equipment for new small studio

I have a small photography business in Texas that I am buying equipment for. I use mostly my digital Canon Rebel EOS 300D. I have a Canon Speedlite 550EX flash. I would like to buy a flash bracket for this...what are some suggestions on what to get?
I also will be taking my first prom pictures in May at a banquet hall. I am presently looking for backdrops and the best lighting for these photos. What lighting do I need to purchase first for inside posed pictures like these?
Thank you for your help on this matter.

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3/25/2006 8:35:42 AM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  You can do some research on monolights and pack/head systems. The monolights basically have all the electronics in the flash unit and the pack/head units have a pack and you plug each light into it and control the lights with the pack. These are usually more expensive but more durable. There's a brand called AlienBee's by Paul C. Buff that a ton of amateurs, including myself, love. AB's are probably the most bang for the buck, they are decently durable, when you take care of them (contradiction? lol). They have some of the best customer service you could find for any product, photography or not. The AlienBees are basically Honda Civics, I've heard people say. You take care of them and they will last you a thousand years and always leave you pleased. The customer service is like Lexus, Mercedes, Audi, type customer service. I bought a modified version of the 'Busy Bee' package which I can highly recommend. I have everythign I need for a long time; well, who am I kidding, who doens't want more accessories! lol. Anyways it only put me out ~$2000 so they are pretty inexpensive for what you are getting. Do you need 4 lights for prom lighting? probably not, but you do need to have backup stuff. Backup everything. A backup camera, backup lenses, backup flases, backup batteries, memory cards everything. You don't want to get there then you drop your camera, crack it and the lens and tell the rest of the kids tough luck, so also look into backing up everything you have with at least 1 copy. Good luck and don't forget to have fun!

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3/25/2006 9:01:48 AM

Tonya    Thanks Justin for all the great advice...I'm off to take a look at what you suggested.
And FUN is what it's all about, (I guess money is good too..ha!)
God Bless,

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3/25/2006 9:16:40 AM

Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Hey Tonya, if you would like to get better lighting out of your Speedlight for impromptu portraits, check out Gary Fong's website for a product called Lightsphere. It's a specially designed diffuser, and two of my photo buddies, who both shoot a lot of weddings, swear by this thing. Might be worth a look.

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3/25/2006 11:03:30 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
I just finished a whole Cd about Studio Equiptment and you will find a lot about it on the
"Studio Photography " Thread.

here is the link:

Wishing you the best of luck,

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3/25/2006 3:30:25 PM

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