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Shelly Blake
 

Studio setup on a low budge


What would you say is the best "beginner" studio setup on a low budget? Lighting, equipment, materials, etc. Are there makeshift items I can use until the budget increases to get the heavy duty equipment?


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7/29/2005 7:03:53 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  GOOD DAY,
MY SUGGESTION IS NOT TO BUT "LOW BUDGET" EQUIPTMENT- YOU ONLY HAVE TO REPLACE IT IN THE LONG RUN.
SAVE TO GET WHAT YOU NEED AND IN THE MEAN TIME:
* INSTEAD OF 3-4 LIGHT SYSTEM-GET ONE THE MAIN LIGHT, THEN ADD THE BACKLIGHT THEN THE FILL AND HAIR LIGHT LATER.
* SAVE FOR YOUR MUSLINS :INSTEAD FOR NOW USE SATINS , DYED THICK COTTONS AND YOU CAN BUY MUSLIN PAINT CLOTHS AND DYE AND PAINT YOUR OWN( TO PAINT USE ACRILIC HOUSE PAINT WITH WATER AND SPONGE ON)OR OTHER MATIERALS SUCH AS, OLD WOOD FENCING OR A BRICK WALL YOU HAVE IN YOUR YARD.
*BACKDROP HOLDER:USE PVC AND A COUPLE CANS OF CEMENT:IN EACH CAN OF WET CEMENT INSERT A PVC CONNECTOR-LET DRY-
INSERT EYE SCREWS INTO CONNECTOR(THESE WILL BE USED TO TIGHTEN PIPES)-INTO CONNECTORS INSERT PVC POLES(HOIEGHT UP TO YOU)-ON THE TOP ADD A L JOINT- AND THEN A PVC POLE FOR THE CROSS BAR-DONE.
* THE BEST PROPS ARE LYING ARONUND THE HOUSE(HATS,POT AND PANS, ECT)AND THE THRIFT STORE.
THERE YOU GO- I DO HOPE THIS HELPS- AND WATCH EBAY.
DEBBY


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7/29/2005 7:17:31 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  I know I've posted my "low budget studio" response before, but here goes again... Sorry Debby! :)

I have a garment rack from Wal-mart that I bought for $20. It extends to 7 ft high and at least 7 ft wide. It's a little light weight, so add sandbags or some weight to the stand to stabilize it. I'm going to get some PVC to extend it out even further, it's not wide enough for my taste. I use plastic clamps on it that I bought for about $5 for a pack of 16 in various sizes. Right now I use white and black queen bed sheets for my backdrops. It doesn't give the BEST result and requires a little more tweaking in PS. The black tends to go brown under lighting and the white becomes a slight blue or gray - but it's all I could afford for now. I would definitely recommend a King or Cal King, though. 7ft high isn't very high for full length adult shots, though, but for kids, it's great. I can even lower it a little to get more length out of my backdrop. My lights are dish-style clamp-on worklights I bought at Lowe's for about $8 each. I need to get portrait studio bulbs for them, as I'm getting a little orange cast from them, especially when added to natural light. Basically, my entire setup for a TRUE beginner was about $100-$150. After I bought this equipment, I read in several places that this lighting is a great way to begin.

Having said all that, I agree with Debby about the lighting. If you can afford to start with one pro light and build on it, do it. My lighting poses some challenges at times. But if you are a true beginner like me, just getting set up may be enough to get you some much needed practice. If you don't really need the practice and want to open a studio, definitely go with the higher quality equipment, esp the lights. I don't know much about them, but I've been watching some backdrops and equipment on ebay at the avmona ebay store. Some of them go for REALLY cheap. I can't vouch for the backdrop quality, but the umbrellas are good. Maybe Debby can check them out and give her opinion...

http://stores.ebay.com/amvona-com_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZkm


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7/29/2005 8:06:13 AM

 
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