Do-it-yourself photography lighting can involve using basic clamp lights from the hardware store and boards covered in tinfoil as reflectors. Find everyday common items to use as lighting in a photography studio with help from a professional freelance photographer in this free video on studio lighting.
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Hello, I'm Alex Compton with Luminescence Photography in Pahrump, Nevada, where we specialize in capturing the true spirit of your loved ones and special occasions. I'd like to show you how you can light a portrait using materials that you can locate in any hardware store. Here, I've just gotten your basic lamp with a reflector, a clamp on lamp and I've inserted in this particular case a colored flood light, to give a little ambient color. Behind our model I have a remnant of material that was picked up in some store, and sometimes you can find them for very inexpensive. I'm going to come over here, and use your basic halogen light and this is going to be very, very bright. Sometimes you can put a material on it, over the top of it, but because it's so hot I prefer to bounce the light up to the ceiling. And I'm going to use a reflector and change the lighting. The reflector is homemade, it's just a piece of cardboard with the matte side of aluminum foil on the front of it. If you put the shinny side stuff on it's going to make hot spots and leave like little diamond glare on the subject. So then I simply get behind the light. We want to show the model before and here I bounce the light and I can change, move this around to see which gives here a better lighting.