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How to make a good studio pictures at home?

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Toniguetta
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Message posted at 11/09/2011, 04:24:10 AM by Toniguetta
How to make a good studio pictures at home and not spend tons of money on equipment???
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Lauriey
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Message posted at 11/09/2011, 13:25:36 PM by Lauriey
When I started out I used sheets (bought on sale at walmart/target) as backdrops, one alien bee strobe light, a softbox, and a reflector for the fill (or just a white wall). There are a lot of cheaper lights but I usually just hear complaints about them either breaking quickly, or not providing enough power to avoid motion blur. Alienbees are a great investment too since they hold their resale value well!



If you have some nice windows you can also use window light and a reflector. Garage light even works great (just open up the garage door), and use the shade right next to the edge of the light).



What you need will really depend on what you want to shoot and what you have available to you already.
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Nikon4004
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Message posted at 11/09/2011, 15:47:57 PM by Nikon4004
Look on E-Bay.



You can get a nice basic 3 light kit for about 100.00. FOr a back drop, I built a frame of PVC pipe and some white muslin from a fabric store. I ahve 2. One that is big enough for people and one table top.

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HongChan001
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Message posted at 11/09/2011, 17:53:15 PM by HongChan001
First you got to be creative and know what kind of picture you like to shoot more, because space is the one of the most important thing when you are planing to setup a home base studio. If you like to shot table-top picture than a small room with 3 X 3 meter should be fine. For lighting there is only two kind Continues light and Strobe light. In youtube there are lots of DIY helpful info in this category, happy learning.

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Janceluch
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Message posted at 11/12/2011, 07:12:37 AM by Janceluch
Macgyver approach:

1. try to learn and understand the basics of lighting first - (google out tutorials on; soft light, table top lighting setup, fill light,... new topics will emerge with every tutorial you watch...)

2. based on image style you are after, put down a list of needed lights: for example hard key light, soft fill light, harsh rim light...

3. use your brain to create those light with stuff you already have... - (you can even do 3-light setup with only one light source - with help of mirrors, reflectors, flags... - and those don't necessarily have to be professional tools - you can use window, desk lamp, cable synced flash as light source)
A pair of eyes, one regular-sized brain, and some stuff for ...

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Kevinncandi
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Message posted at 01/05/2014, 09:00:21 AM by Kevinncandi
Learning about light is the key. Remember white balance is also important. If you use normal bulbs mixed with fluorescent and fill with a window light, you have three different "color" lights. There are many great tutorials online about this. I know Mark Wallace did a great video on Adora ATV (on YouTube) about using basic gear to do a small home studio setup. He used a single flash both on and off camera..


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Matthiase
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Message posted at 01/05/2014, 18:08:03 PM by Matthiase - member is an admin
My cheap solution =

What i do for all my "studio" shots. I have my trusty external flash with rotational head. I bounces it in the roof then let it hit my models/products. I like the soft indirect light i get from doing that.

Then i just pump up the whites in lightroom and some skin retouching in photohshop, and vola - all done.

Quick , easy - And cheap.
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Sophieso
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Message posted at 02/18/2014, 08:03:26 AM by Sophieso
Amazon has so many inexpensive lighting options it's almost impossible to decide which one to go with. The lighting isn't as intense but it is consistent and usable for video.

I've watched many videos on YouTube about making a home studio out of bits and bobs, but when the price of all those is considered, it seems more expensive than ordering a small beginners kit.

But, yes, the first thing to consider is always knowledge of lighting and what you're going for.


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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 03/04/2014, 01:24:58 AM by Parkinsonsniper
- Hang a large sheet from the ceiling, 2 meters away from the wall.
- Put a powerful light source behind the sheet. It will create the perfect white bg.
- Put your model/object 1,5 - 2 mt. away from the sheet. So that backlight will not effect him/her/it.
- Use proper lighting and make some experiments. Front light should be less powerful then the backlight.
- Learn about lighting. It's vital.
(That's what I do)
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Nikon4004
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Message posted at 03/27/2014, 11:05:50 AM by Nikon4004
If you can't afford pro type lighting, you can get halogen work lights on stands that are fairly inexpensive. Be careful they are VERY hot.
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Message posted at 03/28/2014, 13:25:59 PM by Promicrostockraw
I use cheap table lamps and white sheets to bend the lights. The continuous white sheets for background and in curved mode, it makes sense for now. All my port shots are from this setup.
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Angelaravaioli
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Message posted at 04/10/2014, 04:07:40 AM by Angelaravaioli
I have recently purchased a cube with 2 side lamps for 89 euros, to start I looks good, click the photos in RAW and then the correct, surely there is better but to start I like
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Amlanmathur
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Message posted at 04/12/2014, 02:46:41 AM by Amlanmathur
I've seen people put up quite a few amazing pics using just table lamps and odds and ends from around home. this is almost free

If you have some money to spend then a reflector (used with light from a window), a white/black sheet would be a good place to start

with more money you can splurge on things like external flashes that you can make DIY softboxes out of

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