Hi everyone. Because of this forum, I was inspired to give the indoor studio setup a try. Of course since I don't make any money from photography, and its a pure hobby I didn't have a lot to invest for this first attempt. I bought a cheap lighting setup from Amazon made by Cowboy studio for around 100 bucks, and here's some results.
EOS 5D Mark III_090120121450 by pdxguy97124, on Flickr
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EOS 5D Mark III_090120121699 by pdxguy97124, on Flickr
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EOS 5D Mark III_090120121703 by pdxguy97124, on Flickr
What I learn from this experience was that:
1. you definitely get what you paid for. The so called "lighting kit" was very poor quality, the stands were very flimsy. The light was not bright enough. The back drop cloth material was not smooth even after about 2hr of ironing. I'm currently looking for other used lighting setup. Perhaps using flash kits instead of fix lights as well.
2. Use the trip pod more than I did. My shoot lasted about 4 hours including changing time. My arm was tired about 3 hrs into it.. my own fault. I noticed a dramatic decrease focus accuracy towards the end of the shoot. Had I use my tripod more throughout, I would have been a lot better off.
3. Need to really check camera settings and the histogram more often. I noticed way too many over and under exposed shots. Over all I really just need a lot more practice.
4. The communication was okay with the subject, partially because she was a friend of mine. However, I wish I had more time to prep for the shoot, and come up with more specific ideas on what I want to do. The scheduling wasn't in my control with this shoot, I kinda quickly threw everything together in about a week notice.
Anyway, over all I was really glad that I had this chance to try out studio photography, and I think it is definitely something I would like to continue to pursue. Any critiques/comments is much appreciated.