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What you need to get started with off-camera flash

Chuck Vosburgh - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Putting together a light kit involves a lot of pieces and it's difficult to know if you got all the right parts, so here's a list of what you'll need to get your flash off your camera. You'll need a light stand, a flash holder to attach your flash to the stand and allow you to add an umbrella and to tilt the flash, a way to trigger your flash and a sand bag to keep the whole thing from falling over from wind or bumps.

Inexpensive setup that will work well

(This list assumes you already have a flash)

33" White Umbrella $10.95 

Flash Holder / Umbrella Bracket $15.25 

 Light Stand $35.00 

 Flash Trigger Kit $99.95 

 Sand Bag $12.95 

 Total Cost $174.10

Setup with higher quality components 

(This list assumes you already have a flash)

 45" Convertible Umbrella $37.95 

 Flash Holder / Umbrella Bracket $15.25

Light Stand $59.90

Flash Triggers (need 2) $149.00 ea.

Sand Bag $25.95 

Total Cost $437.05

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