I wasn't too sure whether or not this post really belongs here; it does seem to be semi appropriate.
I'm a keen amateur 'tinkering' photographer. I do it purely for fun with no income being generated from my hobby.
for some time I've been playing with a small home made light box which was sort of OK to messing around but now I want to spread my wings a little further. On that basis I've been looking at some studio 'kit'.
My 'Googles' have taken me to eBay along with a small bunch of other sites whome offer some for of 'kit' including background(s) and a couple of continuos lights and stands for a fairly resonable price.
One kit example contains...
3 x 36W Day Light Bulb (Energy Saving)
3 x Light Holder
3 x 33" Premium Black-Silver Umbrella
2 x Backdrop Support Stands up to 260CM
3x Section cross bar up to 3M wide
3 x light stand extend to 190CM 1 x Premium Black Muslin Backdrop (1.8M X 2.8M)
1 x Premium White Muslin Backdrop (1.8M X 2.8M)
1 x Premium Green Muslin Backdrop (1.8M X 2.8M)
...for £109 (plus a couple £'s postage).
My plan is to use either in my dining room which has good natural light (mostly from one side) or my garage which has very little. Therefore I imagine the W'age' of the bulbs may not be ideal.
I've also read about continuos vs strobe lighting but there seem to be a whole bunch for pros/cons between them; people seem to have their favourites and stick to them.
In terms of what I plan to shoot, I love (and collect) guitars and therefore want to shoot them; this is where the backgrounds are of interest. Addtionally I have a little daughter and want to play with some portrate shooting. Also I can shoot smaller items as the backgrounds can be layed over my dining room table etc.
Again, to be clear, this is just for fun and playing around with a little lighting and have hte benefit of backdrops. If I was asked "what's your budget" the response would be as little as possible....also I don't fancy building 'stuff' myself.
I'd appreciate any throughs you good people may have in relation to these 'kits' in relation to just tinkering around.
Thanks in advance for your help.