It's time. I'm finally getting into flash. I had a taste of flash photography when a friend and I played with his freshly purchased speedlight a few months ago and I was hooked. Flashes can obviously be expensive, though, but I did some digging and over the past few months I've come up with a very affordable setup that I will be putting together over the next month or two. I will be buying a large chunk of my gear in the USA and taking advantage of the exchange rate, so I'll quote prices here in USD. Here's my shopping list:
- 3x Yongnuo 560 Mk3 speedlight - $225
- 1x Yongnuo RF-603 N3 remote (pair) - $28.75
- 3x Flash Shoe Holder (with umbrella mount) - $20.97
- 2x 60cm x 90cm (24" x 35") umbrella softboxes - $56.98
The first three are Amazon links while the fourth is a Shenzen special from eBay. You'll also notice that I am missing lightstands from my shopping list. Well, I already bought three of those and I actually got them today. I picked up three Walimex stands for €48 ($65), which was a really killer deal. One stand is over 2.5m in maximum height, another is 2.0m and the third is 1.0m. Not a bad deal to say the least.
Obviously this is not necessarily a shopping list that everyone can apply perfectly but those last two items in the list can be had very cheaply. Certainly there are better quality mounts or softboxes to be purchased but for a budget setup, this is great. All told I will have approx. $396.70 (€292.81) invested into a setup that should deliver a great deal of bang for my buck and all for less than I would pay for a single Nikon SB-910 speedlight.