lighting system for shoot at client's house
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14-01-11, 05:51 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: North Herts
It really depends on what style of portrait photography you want to go for.
You can do portrait photography without any lighting using ambient window light & a reflector. You can do successful portrait photography with one flashgun & an umbrella or softbox.
You can do it Strobist style using 1,2 or 3 flashguns, or use the same amount of studio lights.
I started off with an eBay kits similar in specification (but cheaper) to the Interfit £200 jiobby, which was a nice & cheap way to learn. As I got more into it I decided that I would like a better kit so I upgraded to an Elinchrom set which cost more than 5 times as much as my first kit.
I now use all four lights, usually the Elinchroms on the subject & the cheaper set on the background.
As for backgrounds, you can get a stand & a muslin cloth fairly cheap on eBay. I soon found though that muslin cloths can be a bit of a nightmare to light & it can be difficult to avoid creases.
My best investment was some white plastic tarpaulin, I think lastolite sell it for a couple of hundred quid, but I bought mine from an HGC company that makes the curtain sides for trucks, paid about £70 incl £30 delivery from Glasgow for 2.5m by 8m. It's much easier to keep clean, a doddle to light, (but it is heavy)
As to size, well you need a meter or more either side of the width of your background (to stand the lights) & if you're doing full length shots of more than a couple of people you'll need 4 or 5 meters at least, but this depends on your lens.
Depending on your equipment, it might take an hour to setup & 40 minutes to put away which you'll need to factor into your time.
A flashmeter can save you lots of trial & error in sorting out your exposures.
just some things to think about
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