24th January 2002, 10:14 AM
Lighting Tips - Home studio, outdoor, etc.
Like to reproduce this here before this thread on home studio lighting is flushed out from HWZ forum.
Need advice for good, cheap home studio lighting. Mainly for taking human portraits. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Get a pair of flash brollies (umbrellas), a pair of cheapo flashes (better if got variable power output) with the flash/umbrella mount. You can then mount the umbrella + flash onto 2 tripods. The umbrellas cost about $30+, the holder about $30+. So the whole thing should cost you less than $200.
ahbeng3 (aka streetshooter):
Or, instead of using flash umbrellas, you could make diffusion panels (see www.lightingmagic.com ). Mount the flashes onto the tripods, and trigger them off with slave flash shoes ($18 at CP - made in China type). You can buy the cheap flashes at second hand camera shops. Quality is not a problem, just make sure they work.
For hotlights, I made my own using spoilt uplighters. These had 300w halogen holders. I put them into a mooncake tin, fitted dimmers and barndoors, and mount them on a tripod. Works great!
24th January 2002, 10:17 AM