4 Tips to Improve Amateur Studio Lighting Kits

Professional studio lighting kits are usually expensive. If you want to act like the pros do, but you simply do not have the resources to afford professional equipment, you will have to get a little creative and do-it-yourself.

1. Stick-in-a-can Studio Stands

Take a big can and put a long stick inside of it. Measure it carefully to make sure that it is perpendicular to the floor and pour cement inside. Then, attach lamps either with clamps or metal brackets. Make it more stable by attaching one more stick-in-a-can to the base of the construction.

2. Background Screen

Place two more stick-in-a-can stands on each side of the main lamp, and connect them with a lath. Attach a roll of light blue paper to it, not less than a meter in width. Pull the paper and attach it to the floor with packing tape. Place the whole construction so that the light falls on a chair placed in front of the background.

3. Get Extra Light from the Side

Make another handmade stand and place it on the side of the chair. With four laths and a piece of semi-transparent white cloth, make a screen, about 1 m in width and 1.5 in length. Attach it to the stand; place another one behind it and attach it to pan lamps, in order to bring some extra light from the side.

4. Get Extra Light from the Back

Install another stick-in-a-can behind the dark side of the chair and attach to it a sheet of thicker aluminum foil to reflect some of the light coming from the front.