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Old 5th of May 2006 (Fri)   #1
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Default Low Cost Home Studio

I am looking to create a low cost easily portable home studio. I am rather new to all this equipment and I am learning while I go.

I basically need it all.

lighting
backgrounds
umbrellas
stands etc.

I know I left out tons of stuff but I have a small budget of $100. I will be able to add to it later but for now I am just sick of paying the extreme prices of potraits at the department stores.

Oh and I do have a canon Rebel XT. I figure since I have such an awesome camera and the photoshop skills to back it up I might as well take advantage since everyone including myself have kids and they are spending a fortune on pictures.

Thanks and forgive me for my newness. Also, what is a diffuser and how much does a good one cost and where can I find one?

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Old 5th of May 2006 (Fri)   #2
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for $100 you are not going to be able to get a lot of gear... My backdrop + background off ebay cost like $200, lighting alone is gona cost you a lot, unless you decide to make your own lighting system from stuff you can find at home depot... If you can get away with a Bedshet for a backdrop, do it... Umbrellas again is gona cost you some $.

I would say start with Alien Bee kit, its gona cost you a few bucks tho.
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Old 5th of May 2006 (Fri)   #3
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Funny thing is that I was looking at Home Depot about 1/2 hour before I made the original and I was really overwhelmed with the stuff that I needed.

Can anyone provide suggestion on what I can pick up at Home Depot?

I think I will just stick with some basic lighting for now and work on getting flash sync stuff later.
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Old 5th of May 2006 (Fri)   #4
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I don't know. 100$ is really limited.. I was lucky so far and bought most of the stuff i needed off ebay for a really cheap price.

9x6 green chromakey backdrop with stand for 40$
2 Studio Strobe/Lighting/Flash / umbrellas with stands for 102$
digital backdrops for $2.50 a backdrop off http://www.saycheesebackgrounds.com/
tripod came with my 350d kit that i bought form a store
and also a flash for my camera at 50$

so so far i spent a bit over 200$ for a nearly finished studio
Soft boxes i think can easily be made with things obtainable at home depot

If you're tight on budget, but got a decent computer that can handle photoshop, i'd highly recommend getting a chromakey backdrop instead, and then you can use digital backdrops instead. it'll save you physical storage space as well as alot of money.
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Old 5th of May 2006 (Fri)   #5
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if this is just for home studio, and not like professional, then i can suggest you simply find a big piece of cardboard or something, and wrap one side with tin foil, and the other side with gold foil that you can buy from art stores. This will work effectively as a reflector, and will cost you 5 dollars maybe? compared to 50+ dollars.
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Old 6th of May 2006 (Sat)   #6
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Ok now I need some reccommendations....

How many of the following will I need for portrait shooting.

Continuous Studio Light Set
Synced Flash Light Set
Tripod (got one)
backdrop stand and size
backdrops
soft boxes

Am I leaving out anything?

Thanks
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Old 6th of May 2006 (Sat)   #7
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1 tripod
2 umbrella flast or soft boxes
1 backdrop + stand
1 reflector

and u're set for portraits

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Ok now I need some reccommendations....

How many of the following will I need for portrait shooting.

Continuous Studio Light Set
Synced Flash Light Set
Tripod (got one)
backdrop stand and size
backdrops
soft boxes

Am I leaving out anything?

Thanks
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Old 6th of May 2006 (Sat)   #8
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OR, since you are in the area, come over and use mine Drop me a pm. BTW, muslin at Walmart, 4.00 yard, Shower curtain hooks to hold it up. cup hooks in the ceiling to hang it on. 2- $9.95 worklighs from HD. One sun screen from the auto dept. at Walmart for a reflector and your good to go. Total cost, under 60 bucks.
BTW i spent 65.00 yesterday for a "curtain rail" that I am hanging from the ceiling to hold severaal backgrounds. If you want to go that route, I can give you a number.
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All i know... is that its gona cost you more than $100 bucks...

I trashed my home depot setup, and the reason why, is because it toook so long to get things setup and working right. Cords and wires everywhere. It was bulky and low powered.

Things like making ur own backdrop and very easy and can be done for cheap. For reflectors, you can use form core/board from an atr store.. Cheap and works great. Ive seen it used in pro studios...

IMO you dont want to use continious lighting, you have a LOT bigger chance of greating blurr if someove moved of if you moved. and a tripod in a pain in the but when shootin (sometimes).

Backdrop size, i think you can get away with 6x9, and u can find some deals on ebay, or make it urself. A lot of this stuff is personal preference.

If i did go with HOT lighting, like halogen floods, id try and get a gray card for white balance.
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http://stores.ebay.com/2DreamMaker
i highly suggest this guy from ebay. good products at super cheap prices. look at his listings. I just bought 2 umbrellas with strobe/flash with stand for 102$ *including shipping* and my backdrop with stand for 40$ if you want something that looks pro but at good price, go there
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