I have no idea on what strobes brand and watt seconds to buy. I am going to split this question into three parts.
what I want to photograph and were, equipment options, & equipment questions
what I want to photograph and were I wanted to photograph people like high school seniors and one persons one at a time. In this scenes id like to photograph them in head shots and full body. I also wanted to photograph family that have 4 or more people in the group. I also would like to do some stock photography of corporate seances and life style family type shots. on occasion id like to photography family's outside or 1 person.
equipment options I like to to buy at lest 4 studio strobes to cover the main light, Fill light ,hair light, and background light. Or do I need more lights, like a rim light and kicker lights or additional continues lights for a one person portrait. I am trying to get as many looks and lighting effects as I can. I'm not trying to over 400$ but I will if I need to. here is a list of strobes i wanted to buy.
neewer 3 strobe strobe kit each at 300 watt for a total of 900 watts includes stands and modifiers. pros: price is at $309.45 which is grate, includes 3 300 watt strobes, and modifiers and stands. cons: don't know if they are actually 300 watts, don't know if they have if they have a bownes light speed ring, the soft boxes and umbrellas are small, don't know if i could replace the flash tube or modeling light bulb, and finally the power control is only 3 stops full, half and step less
With this kit I don't really know if i can actually get the watts advertised and I don't want buyers remorse. and is 300 power full enough to shoot indoors and out or any good for portraits. here a link to the product
oh I read on this articular that I needed about 400 watts to Shoot portraits but theirs was $700 dollars here is the link is it true or what.
CowboyStudio Mettle 400 Watt strobe pro:price is grate I can buy two, each at $168.00, there are more power controls ranging from 1/32 power to full power is this a must have, off on switch for beep, sturdy metal built, and it has a bowens speed ring cons: I don't know if i'm getting the 400 watts advertised, but the biggest con is that the strobe is completely useless if the flash tube blows, no way to make replacements I for flash tube i checked. because the tube is manufactured on.
Cowboystudio 400 Watt strobe with digital power display pros: the price on amazon is $150.00 but on Cowboystudio web sit it $198.00 don't know Why possible quality difference?, it has a digital output meter. cower control is one 1/16 to 1/1 less then the mettle strobe. cons: some one in the reviews said that it didn't have enough power to light up a subject at in a park at sunset. and that it probably A 200 to 300 watt strobe not a 400 watt. no link because i don't have enough the reputation.
- equipment questions what is the minimum watts for a strobe to be use for portraits. does it have to have a lot of steps in the power control to get lot of lighting effects. what is the guild number on a strobe can i have multiple strobes of different watts for main,fill,hair, & background. If you can read the articular at strobepro.com to make sure their not wrong thanks and I know its a lot to answer but I think a lot of people have all the same questions so you well help a lot more people.