HI, I AM SLOWLY GETTING THINGS FOR MY IN HOME STUDIO. I HAVE A NIKON D40 NOW, TRIPOD. AND I AM TRYING TO DECIDE IF I SHOULD MAKE MY OWN BACKDROP STAND OR I FOUND ONE ON EBAY THE STAND AND 2 SOLID COLOR MUSLINS FOR $139.00 PLUS $35.00 SHIPPING. WHAT WOULOD YOU DO? I WANT TO SAVE MONY OF COURSE BUT ALSO I AM NOT PROFESSIONAL YET BUT HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS LINED UP TO PRACTICE ON. AND THEN THERE IS LIGHTING I NEED TO GET ALSO. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREAT.

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DDDSMAMA
Feb. 3, 2008 at 12:17 PM I have a protable backdrop stand, and I would only recomend it if you are going to be moving it alot. Like for me, i dont have a real studio in my house, i set it up in the living room or loft anytime i have an appoinment and then take it down after. if you have a room that is being dedicated as your studio, there are some great, inexpensive options, like using curtain rods and fabric from the fabric store - you can make it look real nice.  So i guess the question is, it depends if it will be permanantly or temp set up.

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daydr...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Standard studio lighting consists of an overhead hair light towards the back of the subject's head (called a hair light) a key light and a fill light (to accomplish many styles of lighting to accentuate the positives of the subject) short loop, portrait, rembrandt lighting.  There may also be a backdrop light that is usually dimmer behind the subject to enhance the background.  If you are just beginning a key and fill light can be used or a key light with reflector cards that bounce light back to the subject. 

A handheld flash unit may be used off the camera on a flash cord so that all shadows fall away from or behind the subject. 

Might I recommend a trip to the library to study the various lights and lighting techniques and also a good old fashioned full service camera store could help guide you in the right direction for this.  You might be able to obtain the information and then shop ebay for a better more cost effective deal.  Be sure thought that when you are turning a profit you remember to patronize the store that helped you out with the information.  It's always a good thing to reciprocate good karma.

I hope I did not confuse you.  Best of luck.

Daydreamer

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