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Rebel T6 Accessories Suggestions

ChevChades
Apprentice

Hi guys, I'm relatively new to some things and I need some suggestions. I'd like to take my image composition up a notch and I'm thinking about strobes and triggers etc. I am currently using an EOS Rebel T6. What are your suggestions?

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rs-eos
Elite
Elite

More information would be needed:

  • What is your budget?
  • What are you taking photos of?
  • Do you wish to freeze the action of very fast moving objects? (i.e. need a very short flash duration)
  • Do you plan to work with modifiers? (softboxes, umbrellas, etc.)
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Ricky

Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers

Hi, my budget would probably be around $1000usd or less as I'm not from the US. Currently, I'm shooting weddings and family portraits so yes I'll be using softboxes as well but I'm also looking at sports and wildlife photography etc.

In terms of wildlife, you wouldn't be using flash as your subjects would be very far away.

I would recommended starting with a single light.  Perhaps the 430 EX-RT III.  Do note though that if wanting radio control, there may be issues with dropped signals.  In the past couple years, I've experienced that myself with 600 EX-RT units along with the ST-E3-RT trigger.  Though when first starting with them in 2014 to up around 2021 or so, no issues at all.

Wedding can get tricky as you don't want to be firing off flashes at or near full power so as to interrupt the guests.  You'll typically want to work with wider apertures and higher ISO values to allow you to use the flashes at lower power levels.

Family portraits would be the easiest, though will depend upon how many will be in the photo.   Large groups would require a very large area to work in if using a single light.  Or enough room to set up two lights.   For the single light case, if it's too close to one side of your group, due to faster light falloff, the other side of the group will not be lit well.

In terms of modifiers, I would recommend starting out with an umbrella.  Though choose a brand that would have accessories.  e.g. the ability to add a diffusion panel to effectively turn the umbrella in to a large softbox.

Finally though, do understand the limits of flashes (speedlites).  They don't do well at filling large modifiers.  And when using a single flash, due to their rectangular head, they won't evenly fill round modifiers.  There are things you can do to help, but that leads to less power output.   Thus, it may be worth considering other brands of lighting gear (e.g. monolights).

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Ricky

Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers

ebiggs1
Legend
Legend

The biggest bang for the buck is Photoshop. If you don't use PS that is your first step to better photos. Even though you may have DPP4 or some other editor it is not PS. Some claim to be as good as PS but in reality they are not and PS remains the standard of the industry.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!

ebiggs1
Legend
Legend

If you want to use softboxes one fact is, the bigger the better. Get PS first.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!
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