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    Hi all!

    I'm wondering how much does it cost to have a simple but workable and reasonably professional looking home studio please?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KSeet View Post
    Hi all!

    I'm wondering how much does it cost to have a simple but workable and reasonably professional looking home studio please?

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    professional looking as in the set up looks professional or the outcome looks professional?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KSeet View Post
    Hi all!

    I'm wondering how much does it cost to have a simple but workable and reasonably professional looking home studio please?

    Thanks!

    Simple as in using strobes or professional studio lights with softboxes,umbrellas,background paper,etc etc.Depends on your budget, needs and most important what you are gonna shoot.
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    First must get a Leaf, as it sure look professional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbySHE View Post
    First must get a Leaf, as it sure look professional.
    lol might as well get a large format camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by king2penn View Post
    lol might as well get a large format camera
    Yea, it sure will attach to a large format or medium format, PhaseOne also can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSeet View Post
    Hi all!

    I'm wondering how much does it cost to have a simple but workable and reasonably professional looking home studio please?

    Thanks!
    K, try and provide more details. Right now we have absolutely no idea what you have in mind, what you might need and so on. Imagine someone coming up to you and asking, "How much would it cost to get a house built?", with no details whatsoever.

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    haha sorry my bad. I'll need two soft lighting setups and a few reflectors. I'll also need a backing setup with variable backgrounds. I'll also need wireless hotshoe flash connections and a light meter. How much or what kinds would be ideal for this type of setup? Thanks!
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    It will depends on what your preferences are, whether you're looking at a very mobile or semi-permanent set-up, and also whether you're after cheap and dirty or costlier but more reliable.

    Instead of hurrying and just following what others say (everyone has their own opinion and preference), I suggest you take your time and slowly figure out what you really need, and how you would like to work. I'm assuming lots of studio sessions with your baby? Also assuming this is primarily for indoor use.

    Starter lighting kits all in range from $1K+ to $3k (respectable, reliable brands)

    Triggers - less than $100 to say $300+ (simple, reliable triggers and not the high end of very fancy ettl enabled stuff; often, special offers are packages with lighting kits)

    From there, it's only a matter of getting a simple backdrop stand set, or wall or ceiling-mounted system and 1 or 2 backdrops. This should not cost you more than $250 and up depending on the brand, type and quality of the components you want.

    Of course, these are very rough ballparks. A lot depends on whether you know what exactly you need and avoid unnecessary purchases, or whether you prefer to splurge of higher-end stuff.

    There is always the option to buy 2nd hand. A lot of used home-studio equipment tend to be under-utilized and relatively well-taken care of.

    Hope this helps some, and I'm sure other much more experienced members will be able to offer more details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSeet View Post
    haha sorry my bad. I'll need two soft lighting setups and a few reflectors. I'll also need a backing setup with variable backgrounds. I'll also need wireless hotshoe flash connections and a light meter. How much or what kinds would be ideal for this type of setup? Thanks!
    china studio kit set is sub 1k
    Elinchrom basic kit slightly more than 1k, better set 2k plus
    flash meter $150 and ups
    trigger, IR $50, radio $50~$700
    background support $150 and ups
    background paper/muslin average $90 and ups per piece

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