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cdteo Sep 20, 2004 4:39 PM

Hello all I'm new to photography and this board. I finally saved up enough money to purchase a better camera (Nikon D70). I'm vary happy with it so far. Now I have friends and relatives asking me to take family pictures of them. How hard would it be to set up a small studio in my spare room (13' by 25') has anyone done something like this? I would appreciate any information or pictures anyone could provide to get me started. Sorry if this is in the wrong area of this board. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


Tacoma, WA USA

bgpro611 Sep 20, 2004 8:48 PM

Good question; I'm starting to do more paid wedding work and am also interested in setting up a home studio.

Frank Doorhof Sep 21, 2004 1:25 AM

it can start very cheap, with brands as Falcon Eyes and Jinbei you can buy studioflashes for very little money.

Start out with two units (preferable 3) and hang a cloth in a room for backdrop, or use offcourse the natural surroundings.

You can go that many way's with photography, some even start out (I did :D) with big building lights.


RyanH Sep 21, 2004 9:51 PM

I am in the process of building my own lights. Sears had some halogyn work lights on clearance for really cheap. I figure if I can stick a large cardboard box around them and a white sheet in front to soften the light a bit, it might just work.

I will let you know what I come up with.

Guitarman Sep 22, 2004 12:56 AM

A buddy of mine uses two of those double halogen worklights on a stand and just shoots them off a reflector to soften them up a bit, using them as indirect lighting. It actually works really well.

cdteo Sep 23, 2004 12:25 PM

Thank you all for your input. I have been preping my room for some fresh white paint and getting it ready. Does anyone want to share pictures of a studio that they have built or use? I'm just looking for ideas for mine. Thanks for all the advise.


Freefly Sep 23, 2004 12:34 PM

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Hi there. When I first got my EOS10d, I used a simple 2 light set up in our bedroom, which is 10m sq (about 3 metres x 3 metres). The attached photo was taken using just a single bounced metzflash, and the cloth he is sitting on is actually a deep blue duvet! Altered in PS CS!

Will post some more examples, but a simple set up is all you need to get started...

Freefly Sep 23, 2004 12:36 PM

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Again, single bounced flash, white sheet, adjusted in Photoshop.....

Freefly Sep 23, 2004 12:38 PM

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Same again...

Freefly Sep 23, 2004 12:39 PM

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Another.... :?

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