Non-Studio Portrait Setup Query

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Darren Greer
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Non-Studio Portrait Setup Query
Aug 13, 2010

I'm trying to improve my portrait photogs, and wanted to invest in some basic lighting equipment in order to do so. I don't shoot professionally, so most of my "sessions" are family and friends.

I currently shoot with a 7D and 580 EX II, typically bounced off a ceiling or wall. Once and a while I'll take it off camera, but haven't done it much. Here is what I was thinking of doing (trying to minimize cost):

-2 Stands: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/253074-REG/Impact_LS_8A_Air_Cushioned_Light_Stand.html

-1 Umbrella tilt head: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/90003-REG/Morris_32203.html

-1 shoot through white umbrella: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/250417-REG/Smith_Victor_670138_White_Translucent_Umbrella_45.html

-1 reflector arm: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/189026-REG/SP_Studio_Systems_SPRMA1.html

-1 reflector: http://cgi.ebay.com/90cm-x-120cm-35-x-47-5-in-1-Collapsible-OVAL-Reflector-/190411169217?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0

I don't have the capital to add another speedlight right now, but was thinking about putting the 580 EX on a stand, shooting through umbrella, off camera right. Then, have the reflector mounted on the other stand off camera left providing fill left. Given I am now shooting with a backdrop, I wouldn't need to illuminate anything behind the model, other than what the reflector and speedlight would provide.

I haven't ordered anything, and haven't decided 100%, but wanted to get everyone's thoughts on my proposed setup above. Helpful?

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Darren Greer
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