Photography Studio and Lighting Forum

Hosted by fabulous Florida-based professional fashion photographer, Asylum Steve, this forum is for discussing studio photography and anything related to lighting.
Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010

    What Light Kit should I buy?

    I would like to invest in a light kit (And a flashgun as well) for portraits. Headshots, kids, etc.

    I found this kit on B&H and it's in my price range. Has anyone used this light kit or have any other affordable solutions? Impact Two Monolight Kit - 200 Total Watt/Seconds EX100A-2KI B&H

    I have a 42" 5 in 1 reflector that I could use with the set up.

    I'm shooting with a Canon XSi and a 50mm f/1.8. Is there a better lens that I should invest in for portraits?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Canon XSi ~ EF-S 18-50mm ~ EF 75-300mm III ~ EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk I

  2. #2
    Senior Member jetrim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Ft. Lauderdale

    Re: What Light Kit should I buy?

    Lights that are 200ws will struggle to produce enough light to adequately illuminate you subject, even at close range indoors. Even 300ws strobes are just barely passable to get your aperture in the range commonly used for portraits (f/4-8). In the end, you'll be happier with a more powerful lighting setup. As far as lenses, I suspect your 75-300 will see much more service than the 50mm unless you're shooting in ultra tight spaces (having the 50mm 3' from your subject's nose for a head shot might be a bit too creepy unless you know them VERY well). The extended range and background compression the longer lens offers, along with the reduced barrel distortion provided be the larger distance between you and your subject, are much better suited to portrait work. Once you have some practice under your belt, the best high end lenses to suit your particular shooting style will become evident. I often use a 180mm prime, but others I know prefer either the 85mm or the 105mm prime, and I've seen many simply use a 70-200 f/2.8

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Light Box Set Up
    By flintlock62 in forum Studio & Lighting
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 06-19-2010, 05:57 PM
  2. Light Box
    By ti-force in forum Photo Critique
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-29-2010, 07:14 PM
  3. Let There Be Light!
    By MarcusK in forum Studio & Lighting
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-10-2006, 11:46 PM
  4. Light from Above
    By Kieran in forum ViewFinder
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-03-2005, 03:39 PM
  5. light
    By shrapnel in forum Photo Critique
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-05-2005, 01:38 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts