Archive for the ‘Equipment & Supplies’ Category

CSU photo Approved Strobist Kits

November 8, 2017

Here’s everything you’ll need to put together your own CSU photo approved 2-light strobist kit. These are the kits I have available for loan. For the punch that these setups pack, they are remarkably affordable. Each offers full TTL wireless control. Kits like these may be the most affordable route to continue studio and location lighting beyond graduation. Links are to B&H photo.


The bag: 33.5″ Ruggard Tripod / Light Stand Case: $14.95


Light stand #1: Impact Air-Cushioned 8′ Light Stand: $32.95


Light Stand #2: Impact 6′ Light Stand: $19.99


Umbrellas: Impact 33″ White Transluscent Umbrella x2: $9.95ea. x 2 = $19.90


Umbrella Brackets: Phoenix US-A3 Umbrella Swivel x2: $21.95ea. x 2 = $43.90

Universal Accessories Total: $131.69


Flashes for Canon: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II x 2: $110ea. x 2 = $220


TTL Controller for Canon: Yongnuo Wireless Transmitter YN-E3-RT: $75

Complete Canon Kit: $426.69


Flash #1 and Controller for Nikon: Yongnuo YN685 Speedlight and Controller: $139.95


Flash #2 for Nikon: Yongnuo YN685 Speedlight: $104.88

Complete Nikon Kit: $376.52


Flashes for Sony: Godox TT685S Thinklite x 2: $110ea. x 2 = $220


Transmitter for Sony: Godox X1T-S: $46

Complete Sony Kit: $397.69

Am I forgetting anything? Oh, yes. BATTERIES. These kits each use 10 AAA batteries to operate. I highly recommend investing in a couple sets of rechargeable AAAs. If you have 20 and a charger, you’ll always be in business.

And while these kits are affordable, they aren’t free. You can surely put together even less expensive kits with items purchased from or eBay. However, these sites don’t give you the detailed specifications to be confident that they will work as wireless TTL for you. You can go much cheaper with non-dedicated non-TTL kits, or with optical slaves. Here is our attempt to put together the most inexpensive TTL kit from a couple years ago.

Finally, here’s a super cheap kit that I put together from It isn’t TTL, but would do the trick on a budget:


The strobes + transmitters, receivers, modifiers and remote: $109.95


Light stands, umbrellas, brackets and bag: $39.99

Complete Kit: $149.94



Photorama Camera Show and Sale

May 6, 2017

 Photorama USA Camera Show and Sale  ~

 Sunday May 21st , 2017  ~

Cleveland  Richfield 
Camera Show and Sale
Days Inn & Suites Richfield
4742 Brecksville Rd , Richfield, OH 44286 
Admission $6/5 With Ad Students $2.00 w/ID
Photorama USA is coming to your town.

We have dealers from around the country selling new and used cameras – both digital and film. We have accessories, lenses, filters, film, medium and large format cameras. There is something for everyone in every price range.

Sign up for the mailing list and get in for $5 with coupon.

Thank you
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DSLR vs. Mirrorles Cameras

January 18, 2017


Weigh the benefits of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with these three resources:

B&H Photo’s DSLR or Mirrorless’s buying guide.

Digital Photography School DSLR vs Mirrorless

Goodbye Holga

November 29, 2015


After being designed in 1981, the Holga medium format toy camera developed a cult following among photographers who valued its affordability and unique lo-fi results.

But all good things must come to an end: Holga cameras will no longer be produced from here on out. Read more here.

Affordable Speedlite Studio Options

November 9, 2015

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As you read in Strobist Lighting 101, a portable speediite studio is an affordable and portable option for creative lighting control. The Strobist blog recommends a couple of starter kits from Midwest Photo Exchange (which happens to be in nearby Columbus Ohio). One kit comes with a flash for $245, and one kit does not come with a flash for $110. Each one includes a light stand, cold shoe adapter, white umbrella, and transmitter.

But then, I saw the savvy online shopping of CSU photo student Carissa Woytach. I asked her to put together the best, most affordable kit out there. And she didn’t disappoint. Here’s what she came up with. Note, this kit is dedicated for Canon, although similar flashes are also available for Nikon. All of the equipment below is available from

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Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT
$120 with free shipping

A step up from Strobist’s recommendation, this flash allows for wireless TTL and is available for Canon and Nikon. It can be set to be fired with your pop up flash without the pop up flash exposing.

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Neewer Speedlite & Umbrella Bracket
$11 with free shipping

This will adapt your light stand to hold your speedlite with an umbrella.

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CowboyStudio Set of Two 7 feet Photography Light Stands with Cases
$26 and free shipping

Two light stands that raise to 7 feet, and are compact when collapsed for travel, and they come with a bag.

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LimoStudio 2x 33″ Studio Lighting Umbrellas Translucent White soft Umbrella
$13 and free shipping (for 2 umbrellas)

Please notice that unlike the kits recommended by Strobist, this set up doesn’t have a transmitter. Instead, it assumes your camera has a pop up flash that can act as the master to the two slaves on the speedlites. If your camera doesn’t have a pop up flash, you will need a dedicated transmitter as well.

Also, please note, that this set up has not been tested, but is based on the specifications provided on Amazon’s website. It really should work. Carissa has based the set up on functionality, value, and ratings and reviews.

And here’s the BEST PART.  Notice how this set up comes with 2 light stands and 2 umbrellas? Well that means you can get 2 flashes, and 2 brackets and have a 2 light set up for only $301. So for just $55 more, you can double your lighting and have wireless TTL (the Strobist version only has Manual).

Thanks Carissa!


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One important difference between shooting in the studio, and shooting on location is weather. In particular WIND (and rain, but  now I’m talking about wind). You will have light weight flashes on light stands, up high, with huge-honking, wind catching UMBRELLAS on them. The wind can send those things flying. And the sandbags that we use in the studio make a portable studio less portable. Note that the light stands that come with the Strobist recommended kits have spikes on their legs. This is one option to reduce this risk if you can stick them into the earth, but not when you’re on concrete or other solid surface.Another lightweight option would be to use bungie cords to secure your gear. Be aware of this risk wind poses to outdoor location shooting, and use precautions. Check out this Strobist article, Against the Wind for other alternatives for securing your equipment doesn’t blow away.


Camera Collectors Club

August 13, 2015

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Cleveland Camera Collectors Club
43rd Annual Camera Show

Sunday August 30th , 2015
10:00 am· 3:00pm

Days Inn & Suites Richfield
4724 Brecksville Rd.
Rt. 21 Richfield Ohio 44286

Students I Teachers free with ID

Cleveland Camera Collectors Show

August 27, 2014

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Sun, Sep 7, 2014
Days Inn and Suites
4724 Brecksville Rd, Rt. 21
Richfield, OH  44286

Bring your student ID for free admission

Equipment Return / Final Exam Meeting Times

April 30, 2014


Please return all borrowed equipment by Tuesday, May 6.

All cameras, lights, film holders, tripods, videos, etc. are due.

Exam meeting time for Photo II & III: Tuesday May 6, 1-3pm

We will finish critiques on exam day.
Photo II final portfolios are due.
Photo III artist packets are due.

Good Local Deal on Refurbished iMacs

March 8, 2014

Refurbished 24″ iMacs available from $450 + tax. Upgrades available.  Call 440.546.9911 or email to reserve yours. Or, visit the Quadstar website.

Cleveland-Akron Photo Show

March 5, 2012
~ Sunday March 18th~

Breckville Rd., Route 77,
use Exit 145,
North on Route 21.,Richfield, Ohio
60-6 Ft tables $75ea
$6 Admission, $5 with coupon, Students $2 with ID
OPEN TO PUBLIC 10-3pm   
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