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.
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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.
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
Also needed with this kit:
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
Complete kit: Bowens grid reflector and 2 grid spots $176
PHOTOGENIC MONOLIGHT KIT $985.00
This Kit is higher budget and includes most everything:
3 320 ws mono lights
3 light stands
B&H kit # http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/245821-REG/Photogenic_StudioMax_III_3_Light_Portrait.html/BI/7592/KBID/8120
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
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 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.
You need color correction gels for each light so that means one of these kits for each monolight you have. $30 each
A flash meter to measure your strobe exposures.
Sekonic 308 $240
Sandbags to hold your light stands from falling or blowing over. I have 8 of these. $19
Multi Cart for hauling your gear around $169