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ricklopez1
17th of November 2010 (Wed), 09:21
Hello all,

Looking for some advice maybe someone can chime in. This year I plan on taking my kids christmas photo this year for the first time :) I have a Canon 50d, 50mm 1.8 and 55mm kit lens.
My question is realistically how much do i need to spendto light up my living room. I am working with a budget and need some guidance on what I should buy. Should I get a speedlight, softbox? I am a total noob when it comes to lighting. Just need some direction and i am working on a limited budget..

My living room has a window and my ceilings are 10' high, hardwood floors. I dont know if this adds anthing but felt i should mention it.

Thanks all

LearnMyShot
19th of December 2010 (Sun), 09:34
if you shoot at 1.8 , your widow light should do it! keep the money :)
Sorry did want to sound rude. But your question is not very specific to answer on a forum.
It's almost like : what car should I buy
Just Practice: Shoot with natural light, see what you didn't like about the image. And post an image here and ask a question how you can improve that particular thing. If additional lighting is the solution i am sure someone will recommend what you might need...
cheers

Mike
23rd of December 2010 (Thu), 05:39
Here's an example for you if you like (different subject but same principle):

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5284/5261429733_e589d59642_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikegphotography/5261429733/)
Xmas Bear-0001 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikegphotography/5261429733/) by mikegreen78 (http://www.flickr.com/people/mikegphotography/), on Flickr

This was taken with my 7D & 30mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4. It was lit with a 430ex (with a homemade diffuser (http://www.flickr.com/groups/macroviewers/discuss/72157594312315664/)) that was positioned to the side on the right and a piece of white card was positioned just out of shot on the left to reflect some light back and fill the shadows. I had a homemade bokeh filter on the front of the lens to shape the oof lights on the tree (I didn't do a very good job of making the filter though to it was a bit naff!).

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/4424/bearshotsetup.jpg

Mike
23rd of December 2010 (Thu), 05:40
You might also get more answers if you get this moved to the People discussion section.

elogical
2nd of January 2011 (Sun), 21:50
How did it go with the shoot?
1 speedlight should be fine to light what you're talking about. A decent sized softbox or umbrella angled in from above and to the side will work well, otherwise if you're not having luck with that you can just bounce the flash up (assuming white ceiling) and get a boring but very usable shot.