Studio lighting.

posted on 13th of september, 2011

I have a home studio, it is set up in my garage, I have gradually built up my gear.
I started off using my camera flash on a remote trigger mounted on my tripod, a secondary flash set on "slave". To give differing lighting set ups.
My full time job as an engineer meant I could make mounting brackets to hold umbrellas, as well as supports to hold backdrops. These were 96" wide (double width bolt) lengths of black fabric from a local shop.

I also aquired the end of a roll of 2.5m white clay-coated white paper, this makes an excellent infinity backdrop.
I upgraded my flash to some 300 w/s studio flash units but these proved to be unreliable and were replaced with Lastolite lumen8 400 w/s lights, these have been an excellent investment.
By moving the lights, up or down, angling them to bounce, off black or white surfaces, using soft-boxes, shoot through or bounce-back umbrellas, varying the power of the light, using reflectors or go-betweens the lighting possibilties are infinite.
Using a few props, a desk and chair to represent an office ,or a simple sign yet more options !
The end door of the garage has been sprayed with "graffiti" to give an "urban" look for shoots.
It need not cost a fortune, just a little imagination and ingenuity.

Comments (10)

Posted by Dgphotographic on September 15, 2011
Thank you for your kind comments ! I have a busy couple of weeks ahead with more photoshoots, hopefully some will saleable on dreamstime !
Posted by Dutourdumonde on September 15, 2011
Nice job! I would like to do the same but I lack of space...
Posted by Ilposeidone on September 14, 2011
well done, this post will remember to all of us that great images doesn't come from expensive studios ever!
Posted by Grafvision on September 14, 2011
great blog....
Posted by Nero67 on September 14, 2011
Posted by FabioConcetta on September 14, 2011
Nice images Davide, congratulations!
Posted by Cammeraydave on September 13, 2011
Very inventive !
Posted by Mariaam on September 13, 2011
Very good photos David!!! Congrats!
Posted by Dmccale on September 13, 2011
great blog thanks.I got a back drop kit and the material is always wrinkled.LOL I will have to try paper.
Posted by Egomezta on September 13, 2011
Your images look great, good lighting.

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