Thursday, January 7, 2010

Light-bending Techlust: Strobist Starving Student Kit (sortof)

Firstly, Happy New Year Everyone! :) In particular to my two followers.

I knows it's been awhile since I blogged about anything, and I apologize for that. As someone once said, "Life got in the way." Apologies aside, lets get back into the thick of things with a hodge-podge entry of sorts.

The holidays have come and gone, and I wasn't able to update my Christmas Wishlist. And, as expected, since it wasn't updated, none of my wishes were fulfilled (save by myself). It's not too late to add something to the list, is it?

If you've read any of the links that I've previously suggested, and if you're a fan and practitioner of off-camera lighting, you'd undoubtedly be familiar with This sight is a tremendous resource for tips and tricks on off-camera lighting. While I don't pretend to be an expert, I imagine myself to be quite proficient with studio-based lights. However what this site challenges me to do and be is to master and be a master of such skills outside the studio.

To really get started as a true "Strobist", they recommend getting a Starving-Student Off Camera Light Kit. Everything inclusive of said kit found in that link, and sold at MPEX here. They supposedly ship all over the world too. That's a bit too pricey for me though. Lucky for me, and thanks to a family friend, I've found a local supplier who's pretty much going to be able to put together at the very least the skeleton of said kit at a more affordable price, without international shipping charges.

Tay Hua Trading Corp, located in Binondo, Manila, sells a lot of neat stuff. While Hidalgo might be the hub and go-to place for the bulk of the Metro's photography needs, it seems that his store hidden deeper in Manila is worth the visit. For one, they've got the beginnings of the SSOCL(fine, not the best acronym, but for now lets run with it)! Whats more, the sell loads of other stuff that you didn't know you needed until you saw them! And boy I need almost everything in this store.

But we're getting off topic. Primarily, for the early Birthday/Christmas-gift buyers of the future, I'd love to have a 2nd and 3rd one of these (as I fully intend to get the first on my own) plus flash and remote triggers if you'd be so generous.

Then I'm pretty sure we'll have the beginnings of another personal project (along the lines of going through's Lighting lessons / courses) that I promise (again) to see through to the end, if it ever does.

That's it for now. :)