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30-12-10, 08:23 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Warrington, North West England
5. Can't help with brands, sorry.
Brands are less important than specifications..
Generally the more powerful the better (provided they have variable power output), you can generally smother or cover the light to reduce it's intensity but you can't increase it beyond the max.
Look for quick recycle times - it can be a pain for you and the subject waiting for the flashes to recharge.
Try and get built in slave units, reduces the trip hazards and cost of additional remote fire units.
Check the availability and cost of additional flash bulbs..
Check the cost and availability of accessories (barn doors, snoots, modelling dishes, softboxes etc.
Weight - if you need to transport them, make sure they are not too heavy.
If you go for the less expensive (but quite good) China/korean made devices make sure they are earthed correctly.
Get some reflectors too...
There is a good book by Christopher Grey - Master Lighting Guide for portrait photographers that explains lighting ratio's, and shows lighting arrangements / effects etc.
Hope this helps
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