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    I'm now very tempted to DIY a home studio for portraiture use. Has anyone actually setup one successfully at the comfort of their homes? I've been reading here and there for tips on setting it up, but most of them focus on still-life photography, since the things are going to be smaller and manageable. i don't need one because i have a pure white tabletop located near the window, which gives me very natural light on the item itself.

    what i need now is a step by step (localised!) guide on how to DIY a studio for shooting portraits.. from making softboxes to reflectors, backdrops or cheap lights etc etc.. any advice?

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    Did this impromptu studio in school:





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    is the 580exII necessary? if setting up budget studio can do without that one too right? just need a key light?

    ur 400D is not attached with any strobe?

    anyway, is there any dummies' guide for setting up a studio? i need to know the usage of different items like softbox.. use of umbrella and so on.

    and what's the best (most cost-effective, plain black color ) fabric to use for studio? saw them using velvet..any other alternatives that won't show the textures on shooting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bblurrr View Post
    yup, referred to that before.. but i'm actually looking towards DIY-ing everything if possible, i.e. using raw materials to create the softboxes etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headshotzx View Post
    Did this impromptu studio in school:





    Ok, this is totally random. What is the point of censoring the face of the person in the first pic and show the face in the third pic?

    The studio looks kinda cool. Those are school equipments?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chikubang View Post
    Ok, this is totally random. What is the point of censoring the face of the person in the first pic and show the face in the third pic?

    The studio looks kinda cool. Those are school equipments?
    different person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savager View Post
    is the 580exII necessary? if setting up budget studio can do without that one too right? just need a key light?

    ur 400D is not attached with any strobe?

    anyway, is there any dummies' guide for setting up a studio? i need to know the usage of different items like softbox.. use of umbrella and so on.

    and what's the best (most cost-effective, plain black color ) fabric to use for studio? saw them using velvet..any other alternatives that won't show the textures on shooting?
    Hi there you can actually go to my Flickr website under Home Studio Series and have
    an idea of setting up a studio @ home.Just like to share,but of course bear in mind
    space constraints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chikubang View Post
    Ok, this is totally random. What is the point of censoring the face of the person in the first pic and show the face in the third pic?

    The studio looks kinda cool. Those are school equipments?
    The censorship was done because it was a teacher doing funny faces.. and this studio setup shot was going to be shown to the principal, so that wouldn't have gone well without the censoring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by savager View Post
    is the 580exII necessary? if setting up budget studio can do without that one too right? just need a key light?

    ur 400D is not attached with any strobe?

    anyway, is there any dummies' guide for setting up a studio? i need to know the usage of different items like softbox.. use of umbrella and so on.

    and what's the best (most cost-effective, plain black color ) fabric to use for studio? saw them using velvet..any other alternatives that won't show the textures on shooting?
    im not sure but i think varying the subject to background distance will have quite a pronounced effect. pulling the background further back will turn it black due to the light fall-off. apparently even a white background will become black if no light falls on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeisser View Post
    Hi there you can actually go to my Flickr website under Home Studio Series and have
    an idea of setting up a studio @ home.Just like to share,but of course bear in mind
    space constraints.
    hmm.. why ur pictures look so "retro" one?

    think u spent a bomb on your studio.. don't have enough dough for that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrrrrrrrrr View Post
    im not sure but i think varying the subject to background distance will have quite a pronounced effect. pulling the background further back will turn it black due to the light fall-off. apparently even a white background will become black if no light falls on it
    don't really understand what u're trying to say for your last sentence.. but for me, i prefer to have a totally plain ( instead of what's shown in the studio pic with the blue tint lights ) background, something like editorial shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjana View Post
    hey thanks man! that's exactly what i'm looking for, real DIY studio. but looking for portraiture use, will search for the videos and see how..

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    I think you did this very well - my personal congratulations

    Quote Originally Posted by Headshotzx View Post
    Did this impromptu studio in school

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    http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1...hotography.htm

    this guy explains it better than i do

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    Quote Originally Posted by savager View Post
    hmm.. why ur pictures look so "retro" one?

    think u spent a bomb on your studio.. don't have enough dough for that..

    Ah the pictures are irrelevant but only think of sharing an idea with a fellow
    CS member that's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjana View Post
    alright, i spent some time looking thru alot of youtube diy videos.. the thing is most of them weren't detailed enough in their step-by-step tutorial, and secondly it's hard to get the same raw materials locally. any locals who have followed the videos and done 1 fully diy-ed studio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeisser View Post
    Ah the pictures are irrelevant but only think of sharing an idea with a fellow
    CS member that's all.
    thanks man

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    Quote Originally Posted by savager View Post
    alright, i spent some time looking thru alot of youtube diy videos.. the thing is most of them weren't detailed enough in their step-by-step tutorial, and secondly it's hard to get the same raw materials locally. any locals who have followed the videos and done 1 fully diy-ed studio?
    Improvisation and experimenting is fully recommended... consider it part of your training as a photographer

    and then there is the internet...

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