Photography Lighting Techniques : Studio Photography Lighting on a Budget

Hello, this is Mark Bowers from
in Utah and this segment is studio lighting on a budget. Over the years I’ve spent a lot
of money and I’ve also found a lot of bargains here, and so I’m going to show you a few things
that I’ve done. There’s one time when I felt like my flash on the camera was too harsh
and I wanted to buy a diffuser for my camera. Well I built this little thing out of matte
board. It cost maybe four bucks and a little bit of soft material in the front and it just
slides right on the front of your flash right on the camera and you’ve got a nice little
soft box that you put right on the camera to do some really quick location type lighting.
Other things that I’ve found over at the hardware stores are these little, these light sockets.
It has a little clamp that you can clamp those on a tripod or on something and it’s got a
regular socket so you can put on little spot lights. These are fifty watt spotlights. They’re
probably about seven or eight dollars at the hardware store and I like those for spotlights.
I also found some compact fluorescents. They’re really useful and the ones that I really like
that work well are the ones that are called daylight balance. And you can screw those
in and it’s just a really nice little soft light that you can use in the studio for general,
overall lighting. I would advise trying to put it behind something to diffuse it. If
you want to go on and save more money, buy an inexpensive shower curtain and put several
of these behind the shower curtain and it just makes a beautiful light for photography.


  1. elboertjie November 23, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Haute Rodd January 4, 2009 at 4:47 am

    I like this guy! I watch all of his vids. He is what Hank Hill would be like if Hank were a Mormon.

  3. Teresa Franco July 18, 2009 at 8:39 am


  4. Mitchell Muerle November 24, 2009 at 2:19 am

    I really enjoyed that, i'm gonna make one of those flash diffusers. simple stuff like that can make photography lots of fun!

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