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Old Jan 26, 2007, 12:04 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I was wondering if someone could make a recommendation for a Portable Home Studio Kit. I am a beginner on a tight budget and want to start experimenting with portraits mostly of my wife and kids.

I had read about Interfit's Home Studio kit which comes with an umbrella and softbox.
Are there any comparable kits available at reasonable (beginner's) prices?

If also possible, is extra lighting required when setting up a home studio?? (e.g. in a small room)

Any recommendations are appreciated.


Thanks in advance for all your replies,
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 1:44 PM   #2
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What comes with the kit?
Are these hot lights or Compact Florucents (CFL's)?

IMHO: Hot lights are the way to go when just starting out and learning.

A lot can be done with some halogen work lights from HomeDepot and a few DIY reflectors and spring clamps.

Piece of cardboard wrapped in tinfoil or a piece of foamcore make good reflectors.

Just be carefull with the heat the halogens do get very hot.

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What comes with the kit?
Are these hot lights or Compact Florucents (CFL's)?

IMHO: Hot lights are the way to go when just starting out and learning.

A lot can be done with some halogen work lights from HomeDepot and a few DIY reflectors and spring clamps.

Piece of cardboard wrapped in tinfoil or a piece of foamcore make good reflectors.

Just be carefull with the heat the halogens do get very hot.
Good advice...it's more of what you see is what you get (make sure to set your cameras WB to incandescent or tungseten). Great way to learn lighting profiles & ratios...& you don't need a light meter!

Also read up on lighting here: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=54
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