Setting up your photography studio lighting is easier than you may think. There are a lot of different ways to do this and we have outlined a few ways to help you to get started.
If you are wanting to get into studio/portrait photography but do not want to spend a lot of money then you should start with a good basic lighting setup. This will include a background stand, some background paper, at least one 500 or 750 watt light, a light stand, an umbrella and one reflector.
You can get all this for under $300. This setup will get you started and
give you enough for some nice basic light in most studios situations.
If you want to go for a strobe, you will need to invest a bit more money. Somewhere in the vicinity of about $3000 can be spent to get two lights, some soft boxes, and the power supplies. Should you not want to go with hot lights that are constantly on, you could go for a low cost set-up that includes two light stands, two flash/umbrella holders, two Vivitar 285HVs , two sync cords, a sync splitter, a grey card, two softbox umbrellas, and two shoot through umbrellas.
If you hunt around, you can get most of these items second hand for about $200. Also get a background and you can also do indoor posed shots and portraits. You will also want to consider getting a hot shoe converter so that you can get the sync cables to hook up.
Setting up some awesome photography studio lighting doesn't have to cost a lot of money for the first-timer. It all depends on what you want to do and how you want to do it.
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