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Old Sep 8, 2006, 2:32 AM   #1
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Hi, a friend of mine is setting up a small business taking baby photos, traveling to various venues around the UK.

He is going to start off small and is going to be using an EOS 350D.

My question is what flashes would be best for this? It will only be for babies and they are not going to be more than 8 feet from the camera. They will be sat on a bean bag or something and hopefully won't be moving around too much,

Would a three light setup be best or could you get away with two? Would soft boxes be needed or would umbrellas be better or a combination. He doesn't want to use on camera flash.

Also what the "chepest" yet reliable way ot triggering multiple studio flashed from a 350D?

He will be using a white backdrop to get a "modern" look to the photos.

I have never taken photographs in a studio with lights so I am no real help to him.

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Old Sep 13, 2006, 1:22 PM   #2
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Hi Paul,

I just use my D200 and 18/200 lens with one or if needed two Nikon SB-wireless speedlights. 99% of the time it is just the one SB-800 on a Stroboframe press-T bracket. The Bracket raises the flash 10 inches above the lens. It is necessary to avoid Red-Eye and any shadows. It is connected to My camera with a Nikon SC-29 TTL sync cord.

I take a bunch of colorful stuffed toy animals with me to add life and color to the photograph. I also take a photo gray background with me just in case the parents want a babyphoto with a plainwhite background.

Or, just do like this picture and use natural background of the parents home.

You do not need a lot of equipment to take great baby pictures, You just need the right equipment for the situation.

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Old Sep 13, 2006, 1:52 PM   #3
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I have a 20D (very similar to the 350D) and use just one 580ex speedlite for newborn portraits like these, either bounced or with a lumiquest softbox (about $30.)

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Hi Lynne,

Nice Photographs. I see you like to keep the equipment nice and simple too.

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Old Sep 14, 2006, 10:48 AM   #5
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thanks ronnie!
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