Good lighting equipment for digital?

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  1. PhilGarber

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    Hi all,

    This summer, I'm thinking of building myself a photography studio. What is good, affordable lighting equipment? For me, affordable is $50.00 USD and under.. is this possible?:er::drool:

    Thanks,

    Phil
     
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    $50 won't go far. I just ordered 2 flashes (Vivitar 285HV) with light stands and umbrellas, with Cactus wireless triggers for under $500, which I think is a good basic setup. I ordered mine from Midwest Photo Exchange, and I am 100% happy with them. They also sell kits which might help you get started: http://www.mpex.com/page.htm?PG=Strobist Kits
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Last I checked...sunlight was still free. ;)
     
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    The studio will be in a windowless garage.. Sorry, humor is lost on me.. my back feels like I jumped off bridge:grumpy::er::no smile:.
     
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    And I'll check that site Andrew, thanks!:cheers:
     
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    Hey thanks man! That Starving Student kit seems just what I need.. Now we're do I get $200.00??:scratch::drool::raisedbrow::???::p.

    Phil,
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    That's no excuse. I have seen the most spectacular garage portrait done using sunlight. Basically the model was parked right near the door, and the garage door was open. It was the middle of the day so outside was bright, and natural but very very diffuse light was streaming in camera right, and a reflector camera left provided some subtle fill.

    Total cost $7 for a reflector, and the photo looked fantastic.

    Pity though this method relies heavily on it being a nice day so enough light comes in through the garage door.

    Hope your back gets better.
     
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    Hey man, backs a lot better :p!

    The idea is that we're (my family and I) will build a studio in the garage. Meaning no garage door opportunity's. This thing will like, divide the garage. We're planning on putting up walls, a door, the works.

    The entire space will be about half a full-length school bus. This is the space, and light, I'll be working with.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Sorry, but it seems a bit backwards here. divide the garage. We're planning on putting up walls, a door, the works. Seems it might be better served to spend $10 or so on a couple of gallons of paint, forgo the walls, door and the works for now and spend the money on lighting. Walls, door, the works and no light do not a make a pretty picture. Space & lighting can with a bit of creativity. The walls really aren't going to show in most of the photos are they? A cheap homemade black pipe backdrop holder in the rafters gives you background choices, keeps it out of the way when the wife wants to park the car indoors and more cash for things like lighting.

    Just my take on the whole matter.
     
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    hmm.. Thanks, I'll think about that..
     
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    Bump
     
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    I'm really liking Gryphons idea...
     

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