Photography Tutorial – studio lighting (ZERO $$$) – in your home – DIY

Ever wonder how magazine like photos are taken ! Did photography interests you ? And you cant make any huge investment right now for camera, lights etc. ?
Sometimes placing the light and adjusting it becomes more important than what kind of light is being used. This is an example of using a small parabolic reflector for beauty style headshots. This is probably not the best example, and the parabolic reflectors are generally much larger than this one.
But you might understand that just an ordinary cardboard reflector with aluminum foil pasted on the reflecting side, can produce pretty good results.


42 thoughts on “Photography Tutorial – studio lighting (ZERO $$$) – in your home – DIY

  1. Hi there, have you heard of "Photo SFXart Tricks" (just search on Google for it …)? On their website you will find a great free video showing how you can take outstanding pictures. This made it possible for Matt to make photographs which leave you with that wow-effect while you look at them. I hope it works for you also…

  2. ello there, have you come across "Photo HSFXart Tricks" (just search on Google for it …)? There you can watch a nice free video demonstrating the right way to create outstanding photographs. This made it easier for Matt to take pictures which have that wow-effect after you look at them. It might help you out also…

  3. Hello there, are you familiar with "MagicSFXphoto" (just search on Google for it …)? There you will find a great free video showing the right way to create outstanding pictures. This helped Matt to make photos which have a wow-effect while you take a look at them. Hopefully it works for you as well…

  4. Thank you so much for this video! I had an idea to do somethign similar and almost gave up when things didn't work out the way I wanted them to. Seeing this gives me new ideas. I love your creativity and the photos are spectacular. Thanks a million. I found some confidence.

  5. This is a great video showcasing a great idea. If people can't figure out how to make this, then they are either stupid and/or more likely just lazy. I appreciate you sharing this. Good job.

  6. Thank you for the video! Why do so many people on youtube miss the point???

    Even though this wasn't a step-by-step instruction on how to build the reflector or setting up the flash (there are several videos already on youtube that do), it was great to see how you can get more out of your equipment you already have with some ingenuity.

    I learned how you molded light as well as created an interesting catch light for the eyes.

    Would like to see how you built the reflector , however.


  7. @madcityphotog ahhhhhhhhhhh!… i cant disagree with you more…. the song is really important!… the lyrics, the music…. most people can sing at least ok… not everyone can create a song :P… but i do agree on the how you use it thing :)

  8. Good idea there bud, I'll have to try that sometime when I have a need for that kind of lighting, nice use of the orange peel texture. I would appreciate and so would a lot of other people, you narrorating this saying what it does, and why does it matter, but thats just my two cents, take it easy eh?

  9. I have a d300 and am getting ready to buy a d 7000. With the right setup, and lights
    no one would evere know the diffrence. your d40 would take just as great of a photo as the d3x. I shot weddings for years with a Mamiya rb67 pros , the were a few die hard photographers that only used the Hasselblad brand. It was not a better camera sust a more pricer one .

  10. God, there's some fucking DICKHEADS that respond to these things– I'm not a genius and manged to get what you were doing. So what if they put a song– it made it fun. That parabolic reflector looks like it works well, it looks pretty cool. Cardboard and tinfoil–nice.

  11. Nice…but there is only one problem to it… why do you think that the models look up into the umbrella? Beacous if they dont, the eyes will be shaded. Not so good.

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