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    studio lighting

    could somebody point me to a basic light system that i could set up at home? kim b mentioned a soft box. which one? what should i expect to spend for a good one? any help would be appreciated!

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    Myra, I know less than nothing about setting up a home lighting system...but Holly McCaig was giving mad props to her Alien Bee setup in the Simple Scrapbooks private Board forums the other day. Here's a link to their site:

    http://www.alienbees.com/
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  3. Myra, I've also heard really good things about the Alien Bee setup.

    I got my Westcott softbox at our local photography store and it was around 200.00. I wish I would have spent a little more and got the more powerful one...the light in mine is a bit yellow and the more powerful ones have a more natural light.

    I'll be interested in seeing what everyone else uses...I'd really like to add to my collection

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    hi there

    I use the Bowens systmem . 2 studio lights 500w. a softbox on one and an umbrellla on another.

    I have found www.bhphotovideo.com very reliable and good prices on all photo equipment.

    I am not a great fan of studio lighting for chidren as I like the more natural candid photographs -and also becasue of the fact that the minute you try and get children to do certain things like sit still they change into monsters....lol

    a good home setup without studio lights for those that don't want to spend money is as follows:

    utilising your garage - as there is little distraction there and the light is good - put up a backdrop of an old sheet - plain sheeting any colour or a piece of material - against one of the side walls ( as near to the open door as you can) make sure it drapes on the floor as well.
    Set up a big piece of white cardboard, ceiling board, polystyrene board - anything that can be used as a reflector - 90 opposite the open door - to push light back into the subject. Then place your subject on the backdrop ( as far forward as possible to try and blur background) Shoot - remembering to fill your frame with the subject.

    Many people's photos look so professional in this home setup they never go back to a studio.

    I would love to see the results if you try this.

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    kim and sam, thanks for the info! sam, you're right about trying to get kids to pose - doesn't work.

    i need to claim some ownership in the garage, and give it a try!

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    I don't have a garage, but I do have a couple of room that have a big window! I hung a black piece of material perpendicular to the window, and started taking pictures! No reflectors or anything else at all! This is what I ended up with:






  7. Wow....those photos are AMAZING, KYLIE!!! Window lighting is the best

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    Wow, Kylie! i need to get a big piece of black fabric and a window! I want photos like yours!!!
    Lynn (also known as Lynnie!)


  9. Kylie those pics are fantastic! I can't wait to try this at home!
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    BEAUTIFUL photos,Kylie!! Wish i had a big window
    Maybe i can borrow my mom's livingroom
    I definetly have to try it!

    (BTW; What's "perpendicular"?)

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    well done Kylie --and look at those catchlights. Yip a window is the BEST light - The window being 90deg to the backdrop .

    absolutely if you have a nice big window and a room with good light go for it ! Look at these Results. Kylie did you do this in to response of what I said or have you been doing this ? these are really great. Try a white backdrop as well.


    sam

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    for those that are struggling to get what this setup looks like have a look here....

    http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/...y&seed_id=8138

    so this is in a garage but you can also do it indoor room or a porch. make sure your subject is as close to the window or opening for best light - you don't want to use your flash at all.

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    I tried this before Christmas - just trying to get a feel for it! I LOVE photography, can't learn enough - my goal this year is to build up some sort of portfolio, and take millions of pictures of giggly happy children

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    the more you take the better you'll get --it is about practice. But you have some SUPERB photos here so keep at it. It's more to do with the eye than most other things.....

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    Beautiful photos Kylie!!!!

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    Wow! What great shots you took, Kylie! And, Sam and Kim... thanks for all the info! I keep meaning to try an actual "shoot", but... ...these tips are inspiring me!
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  17. Sam, thanks for your thread from 2peas. I'm thrilled that I can do my own "shoot" with a window, sheet, and a big piece of foam core. Love it!
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    Wonderful photos, Kylie!!!

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    I've been waiting and waiting to try my hand at using good light through a big window with no flash to take some photos. I had my chance this morning with my littlest grandson while he was intent on eating his mac and cheese. I still have a ways to go but this is what I got. Regardless of the quality of the photos, he is a cutie, isn't he!

    Lynn (also known as Lynnie!)


  20. wow awesome photos..

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    gorgeous lynnie!

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