Just starting out I dont want to spend $$$ on all the lighting stands, studio lights, etc, nor can I really afford it. So I want to go the cheap way and build my own stuff for the mean time, then replace it with quality stuff as I go on. One thing I want right now is a stand that can hold my vivitar 285 flash. So im thinking of a tripod made up of pcv tubing, but im not really sure how I would do the joints and adjustable/posiitionable arm would be done. There has to be some how to books out there, so I was hoping I could get some advice on what books are worth a look.