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Lorraine Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/10/2004

Studio Lighting Equipment

Hi. I would like to get a lighting set for portrait photography. I am using the 300D Digital Rebel and would like to ask for suggestions/recommendations on what would be a nice and affordable set that would go well with this camera. I found a tripod/light/umbrella set at Wolf Camera for $139, but I didn't look closely on what kind of light came with the set. Any insights would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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11/10/2004 6:55:14 PM

Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  Hi! I might be able to help with this one since nobody has responded yet it seems. I too am just starting slowly with lighting since I am at college and am not any kind of an art major. I've read that you can start out with a garage light which is an aluminum metal reflector like a mixing bowl and you can get like a 250watt or up to 500watt photoflood bulb you can get at any camera shop along with some extension cords and one or two light stands. Also, I found some foam boards at a local craft store (Micheal's) that are 20x30 inches and only cost about $4 as opposed to around $40 at least for the same size as a full blown professional reflector. You could also look up lighting equipment at a site like They sell Smith-Victor lighting setups like what I just described, two lights with stands and cords (maybe bulbs too?) for about $100. You can also probably get an umbrella or too for softer light if you would like.
The previous things might be better to start with since you can see what the light is going to do. A flash would be kind of hard to judge unless you've worked a little more with lighting. Otherwise, I think with the digital rebel, you will need to get a special adapter to use with studio style professional flashes. Hope this helps!

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11/12/2004 8:04:58 PM

Lorraine Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/10/2004
  Thank you, Andrew, for your response. I think your suggestion of trying a garage light is good to really see what the lighting does (don't want to spend big bucks on pro lighting then doesn't work). Yes, those reflectors are not cheap! I've read several times that foam board works. Next time I go to Hobby Lobby, I'll pick me up some.

Thanks again for responding. I appreciate it.

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11/12/2004 9:19:56 PM

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