Homemade Lighting Equipment

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  1. crawforddesign

    crawforddesign TPF Noob!

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    Just wondering if anyone has saved money by making their own lighting equipment while learning studio photography?

    I'm looking for ideas.

    Here's a homemade softbox I've been using to learn on a budget!

    http://www.gocrawford.com/photo/softbox/

    Ideas welcome!
     
  2. voodoocat

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    I started a thread a while ago that generated no responce on this subject.

    I purchased a shop light with a ceramic fixture and a 500 watt daylight bulb. Drilled a hole in the light to attach a reflector umbrella. I have one white and one silver.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. crawforddesign

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    Nice!! Do you have any pics of whats under the umbrella?
     
  4. voodoocat

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    Sure do. One with the crappy digital

    [​IMG]

    here is another subject taken with the same setup

    [​IMG]
     
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    This is a great thread, I have just been attempting the same thing. :) My version is all cloth and stiff wire. The wire can pull out so you can fold the whole deal closed. It took about an hour to figure out the dimentions etc and another hour or so to sew together. I think it would be fun to compile a whole list of studio equipment that is hard to get ahold of and have tutorials on how to build at home. I have searched the internet in vain mostly trying to find relevant information and there is very little. If we can get a handful together I could get them posted if nobody else wanted to.

    what do you think?
     
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    :!: DONT LET THIS THREAD FADE AWAY :!:
     
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    Voodoocat, i think he meant the bulb and fixture and stuff
     
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    That's what I thought too.
     
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    This light is the current extent of my lighting collection. But the shadows are seeming a bit harsh the more and more I look at them.

    I think I've still got some old foam core from my uni days at home, so I might just give that a go later on. I'll be sure to let you all know how I go.
     
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    ..ok fine...let this thread die....Im going to give it a go and see what kind of stuff I can get built. :D

    When I get everything together I will document it and post it somewhere. :wink:
     
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    Naw, this thread wont die. Go ahead and post it here when you get information on this subject. No use in having a bunch of threads when it can be kept to one.
     
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    i've built a bunch of stuff, but at the moment i must get to the darkroom; i need my fixer fix.

    will post some stuff latah.
     

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