Cheapest way to setup portraits lighting

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Hello guys.
I have in need for advice what would be best way to setup small studio for portraits?
I have 2 sb-800 and su-800
i was thinking about buying some studio lights but have no idea what to buy.
Also my budget is very limited.
I am looking for something not very expensive but still getting me good lighting for portraits.
My budget is around 300-400$.
Thank you again.
 
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Hello guys.
I have in need for advice what would be best way to setup small studio for portraits?
I have 2 sb-800 and su-800
i was thinking about buying some studio lights but have no idea what to buy.

Traditional studio lights have more power than speedlights, but your sb800s will do just fine for a small studio, and, should you choose, will give you the advantage of portability. You already have the key components with the speedlights and su800 commander. The rest of the stuff you'll need is inexpensive. Add some umbrellas and stands, and you'll be good to go. We've had good reports on ths Smith-Victor Umbrella Kit offered by BH Photo for $113. That's all you really need.

My budget is around 300-400$.

Cool. You have enough money left over to buy a background support system, and a nice muslin backdrop :biggrin:.

There are dozens of ways to arrange the lights, but here's an example.

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If you had a third light, would you add to background or maybe hair light?
Thanks
 
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I'd also recommend spending some time on the Strobist blog. There is a great deal of information there and a dvd set if you would rather watch it than read about it.
 

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