A&P Inexpensive studio set up?

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  1. negative zero

    negative zero New Member

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    Probably been asked before and I plan to search and hit up google but wanted to ask the experts here what they thought.

    I'd like to set up a small "studio" in my garage. Studio is probably not the right word but I'm not sure what else to call it. This is mainly for taking pictures of small items (guns mostly). I've seen some light box kits for sale in hte past but never really considered buying one.

    Again, this isn't for a career, just a infrequent hobby so I don't want to put alot of $ into it. I am hoping to get the materials, lights, etc. for ~$100. Is this doable? If not what would be the best budget setup for my needs?
     
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    You'd have to use shop lights and those are fail and aids to work with. I wouldn't suggest it.

    Strobist setups are cheap and give you predictable, clean light you can actually work with, but you'll want at least one and probably two lights so that's $300-$400 right there... and strobist is considered budget.
     
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    home depot lights + diffusion flat can work ok, but its not a ton of light, its harsh, and will heat up the garage really quickly

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    :ugh::rofl:
     
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    that was after a 12 hour shoot of beer cans :mamoru:
     
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    where are the result pictures?
     
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    in a notebook in a box in storage in the rafters of my garage. Beer cans on newspaper, not very interesting , but an amazing way to learn the 4x5
     
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    Thanks for all the info so far.


    Would you happen to have any samples as well as your setup? :x:
     
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    this was shot with a cardboard box/shop light combo
     
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    thanks. What kind of lights did you use?
     
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    i think they're 500w $10 at lowes or something.

    they're such low quality lights the power cable was only 1' long. so i had to buy two 6' extension cords for like $5.

    $25 total.

    one of the lights fell two inches and the bulb broke, so i threw them in the garage and bought some sunpak 383s
     

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