Lighting Tips - Home studio, outdoor, etc.


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ziploc

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Like to reproduce this here before this thread on home studio lighting is flushed out from HWZ forum.

ziploc:
Need advice for good, cheap home studio lighting. Mainly for taking human portraits. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

ckiang:
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!
 

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Here are some links that I found on home studio lighting and outdoor lighting, that I like to share with all:

Low-Budget Umbrella Flash for Dummies - This site contains information on how to set up the lighting for a low budget studio.

Web Photo School - This site has quite a lot of information on setting up the lighting for indoor, outdoor and product photography.

You are welcome to add more if you have any other links. Thanks! :)
 

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