If you do not have any lighting equipment for photographing, we have complied a complete list of every you need to get started from lights, stands, umbrellas, and light boxes, to backgrounds, grids, wireless triggers, and more. You can pick and choose whatever  you need.

(The following are recommendations only and do not imply any endorsement by Great Photography Courses, any guaranteed price, availability of products, any guarantee regarding quality of listed products, or guarantee any warranty of listed products.)

LIGHTING KITS AND ACCESSORIES-ARCHITECTURE

PLEASE UNDERSTAND YOU DO NOT NEED EVERYTHING HERE. I BELIEVE THIS IS OPTIMAL FOR THE THINGS TO HAVE WITH YOU BU IF YOUR BUDGET IS TIGHT GET THE BARE MINIMUM.

***Low Budget:

IMPACT MONOLIGHT KIT $850.00

This Impact Kit from B&H is low budget and includes most everything:

2 400ws monolights

1 100ws monolight

A radio sender and receiver wireless trigger to fire the flash

2 10’ stands

1 background light stand

1 24 x24 light box

2 umbrellas

Carry case

B&H part # for the above: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/640431-REG/Impact_VSLCD400_3KI_VS_LCD_400W_3_Light_Backlight.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

Also needed with this kit:

GRIDS
You can have a low budget approach with one grid and clamp it to your reflector with a spring clamp. (I have done this a million times) or a complete kit with reflector.

Single 7” grid $29.95

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/588797-REG/Impact_8101200_7_Grid_10_Degree.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

OR

Complete kit: Bowens grid reflector and 2 grid spots $176

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/187034-REG/Bowens_BW_1865_Reflector_with_Grid_Set.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

2 more umbrellas $13 each http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/362386-REG/Impact_S3243_White_Translucent_Umbrella_43.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

 

 ***Higher Budget:

PHOTOGENIC MONOLIGHT KIT $985.00

This Kit is higher budget and includes most everything:

3 320 ws mono lights

3 light stands

2 umbrellas

Sync cord

Carry case

B&H kit #  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/245821-REG/Photogenic_StudioMax_III_3_Light_Portrait.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

GRIDS

Complete kit:

 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/42057-REG/Photogenic_918887_Honeycomb_Grid_Set.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

WIRELESS TRIGGERS

Check these kits to see if they contain wireless triggers which send a signal to the strobes to fire when shutter is pressed. If you do not buy the kits but need triggers here are options:

Pocket Wizard Plus III

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/844969-REG/PocketWizard_801_130_Plus_III_Transceiver_Radio.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

You need at least two: one on camera, one on a strobe. If you have more strobes they should have a photo cell in them that will see the first strobe fire and they will fire. You can have a PW on every strobe if you wish.

Note: If you plan to incorporate a Flash unit like a Canon 580EXII or Nikon SB800/700, etc. into your lighting setup you need a PW for that as well AND appropriate cables to connect. If you use the SB900 it has SU4 mode built in and no PW is needed.

Photoflex

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/744104-REG/Photoflex_AC_FLFIRETRGR_FlashFire_Wireless_Trigger.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

Photoflex is a very reputable company and this flash trigger is a lower cost alternative that fires flash and strobes. Make sure you order correct cables.

LIGHTING GELS

You need color correction gels for each light so that means one of these kits for each monolight you have. $30 each

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/45233-REG/Rosco_RS090901210_10_x_12_25.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

OPTIONAL

A flash meter to measure your strobe exposures.

Sekonic 308 $240

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/368226-REG/Sekonic_401_309_L_308S_Flashmate_Light_Meter.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

Sandbags to hold your light stands from falling or blowing over. I have 8 of these. $19

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/421469-REG/Impact_SBE_18O_Empty_Saddle_Sandbag.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120

Multi Cart for hauling your gear around $169

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/751824-REG/MultiCart_CART_R10RT_R10RT_Multi_Cart.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120