D700 looking to set up a cheap home studio for portraits - Any advice?

Started Oct 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
tiko Regular Member • Posts: 163
Re: D700 looking to set up a cheap home studio for portraits - Any advice?

ohcello wrote:


I'm trying to gauge how much $$$ it might cost to get some basics for taking studio shots of my family, etc.

I have the D700 and wondering if I could use the pop up flash as commander and maybe get one additional flash and something to diffuse it with (umbrella or box?)?

I'm not looking to make $$ or anything, but rather have a way of getting something resembling a pro studio shot even if not quite as good.

I'm not even thinking about backdrops yet, I just want to see what my options are with lighting/CLS, etc.


A couple of years back I started off with two speedlights (an SB-600 and SB-R200), a Westcott stand + softbox and a muslin backdrop. Total cost ~ $650. I think I have a couple of shots in my gallery from that setup with a  Nikon D90 (used popup flash as commander). The good thing about using speedlights and Nikon's CLS is that you can carry it with you anywhere  and not have to worry about tripping over wires used by (some) strobes. Also provides good flexibility on light placement.

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