Las Flores, California, US
Home Depot/ Do It Yourself DIY Lighting Solutions?
Anyone have any stories or pictures (both of the equipment and of the models) of your experiences with this?
May 27 10 09:48 pm Link
Snohomish, Washington, US
i spent two years, tons of time and who knows how much money trying to build soft boxes with 10 100watt fluorescent bulbs, halogen lights, 5, 4 ft fluorescent double tube shop lights and i have a thousand blurred images to show for it, yes i got a few keepers, but just take the plunge and get a few strobes. even the $59 160 ws strobes from adorama will get you far beyond the home depot setups. my vote, keep the home depot stuff in your garage for changing your oil.
May 27 10 10:02 pm Link
Scottsdale, Arizona, US
robert christopher wrote:
+100 Don't waste time pissing around with hoakie inadequate DIY setups. Spend a few buck and get the right stuff if you want to get the right images.
May 27 10 10:07 pm Link
Kalibo, Western Visayas, Philippines
Lucas Chapman wrote:
At least a strobist type set up
May 27 10 10:10 pm Link
Colorado Springs, Colorado, US
I use some clip on spots with 100w equivalent CFLs as fill lights and sometimes hair lights but my "main" light is nature or strobes. I get the most use out of them when I am shooting stock product photography and need to get rid of shadows. They can also double as a makeup light or work light so they will be in my travel box for a long time.
May 27 10 10:14 pm Link
May 27 10 10:21 pm Link
Not sure how to post a picture on this forum but here is one I posted on another forum.
http://stepheneastwood.com/forum/index. … 84#msg1684
May 27 10 10:23 pm Link
Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Lucas Chapman wrote:
Not to mention if your Jerry Rigged device decides to implode at the shoot, then slice's your model and your left with a lawsuit.
May 27 10 10:26 pm Link
Michael Isdes wrote:
Just bounce the light off of a wall. Never point them directly at any body. Most lights come with a safety shield anyway.
May 27 10 10:30 pm Link
Mashava, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Taken with 3 Home Depot lights bounced off of 2 sheets of foam core:
Taken with one Home Depot light and homemade "barn doors" thingie. 18+
It can be done, not sure if it should be done. Hot lights are HOT!!! You can burn yourself or your house down, to say nothing of blowing a circuit breaker.
I like my strobes much better for the most part.
May 27 10 11:04 pm Link
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
May 28 10 09:22 am Link
Chico, California, US
robert christopher wrote:
May 28 10 09:29 am Link
AltiFlex 66 wrote:
I found my mystery man. I would like to give you proper credit.
May 28 10 09:41 am Link
Mashava, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Thanks, credit away!!!
May 28 10 09:48 am Link
Houston, Texas, US
May 28 10 10:07 am Link
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
May 28 10 10:19 am Link
AltiFlex 66 wrote:
I did. http://stepheneastwood.com/forum/index. … 34#msg1834
May 28 10 10:25 am Link
While I am not getting in trouble for linking another forum. For eye Candy visit my thread on the same forum http://stepheneastwood.com/forum/index.php?topic=211.0
May 28 10 10:28 am Link
Hayward, California, US
I guess I am a geek at heart, but part of the fun in photography for me is just using my neat equipment. I like some guys buy fancy cars, I buy fancy lighting equipment and camera's. At the end of the day I can have fun just playing around with my equipment learning it better. I have used hot lamps before and the bulbs blowing out or not giving enough power to create the look I had in my mind becamer too irritatating. Now with 1000's of WS in power I can do what ever I dream.
May 28 10 10:39 am Link
I'm using THESE and similar strobes to do most of my lighting.
They go into a standard light socket and can be triggered as flash activated slaves, PC cord, or even wireless.
One downside is the power output is not adjustable.
May 28 10 10:43 am Link
Photons 2 Pixels Images wrote:
I think this would be cool also for a hair light. I guess you can just move the lights to control them. Is that what you do?
May 28 10 10:51 am Link
Patrick W Photography wrote:
I don't think you are a geek. The job is easier for you and there is nothing wrong with that. I myself like to take things one step at a time. Why spend a couple thousand and have something setting around and not used. I am sure you use yours trying new things. There is something to be said for presenting yourself as a professional also but if the models are cool with the pictures and you are having fun with work lights and learning why not use them until you are ready to lay down the cash.
May 28 10 10:57 am Link
On the subject, here is another similar thread....
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … 568&page=1
And one I started on why I personally use DIY lighting for some things.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … 254&page=1
May 28 10 11:13 am Link
Yes. The power output isn't so great that you don't need a lot of distance to change the intensity on the subject.
May 28 10 11:18 am Link
Portland, Oregon, US
I started with inexpensive strobes, but wanted to be able to shoot faster than they would recycle. I also wanted to be able to see the effects better than the modeling lights allowed.
Not having much money at the time, I bought some 55 watt photo grade compact fluorescent bulbs off Ebay and mounted them three at a time in fixtures from Home Depot that were actually for use on ceiling fans. A simple home made metal bracket allowed me to attach each fixture to my existing pivoting umbrella holders and mount them to the light stands I had used with my strobes.
When used with my old umbrellas, a pair of these 3-bulb fixtures worked great for a few years. Many of the studio shots in my portfolio were taken using these lights. They were, however, quite delicate and had to be handled carefully. Transporting them to a location was very cumbersome.
About two years ago, I started seeing reasonably priced CFL studio lights show up on the web at: http://www.skaeser.com/
Having a bit more money at that time, I gradually purchased two of his large softboxes and one 4-bulb boom light to use as a hair light.
Here is one of the lights I am using now:
http://www.skaeser.com/servlet/the-815/ … ATT/Detail
One interesting change over the last few years is that more and more powerful CFL photo bulbs have been coming onto the market. I found the 55 watt versions to be pretty useful. I now use mostly 85 watt bulbs and have one big 105 watt monster that I use bare to light up entire rooms. Just look on Ebay under "compact fluorescent photo bulb" and you will see dozens of options.
One thing I'm starting to notice is that the color varies slightly among the different brands of bulbs. This usually isn't a problem, but if you light a model with different types on each side, the color balance could be a little tricky. But maybe I'm being overly critical.
May 28 10 11:45 am Link
Images by Dr. Mike wrote:
Are you really a Doctor?
May 29 10 02:17 am Link
Huntsville, Alabama, US
My profile pic was taken with pure daylight from a window on my face. The light on my hair is from the parabolic shaped shade on a lamp with a 60 watt TG bulb.
As someone mentioned above, foam core is your friend. I love to use it as a bounce/reflector.
White non-rip nylon is great for diffusing harsh sun light.
It's also great for making soft boxes.
Screw all the naysayers. DIY can be quite rewarding. It might be more time consuming but it's an art that takes patience to master. It's completely customizable.
May 29 10 02:46 am Link
Seattle, Washington, US
You guys are thinking about light source only. have you given thought of light modifiers from Home Depot?
May 29 10 02:51 am Link
Wilmington, Delaware, US
I used one of those aluminum pans for cooking a turkey to make a softbox. It was about 18"x30". I took a white plastic trash bag and cut out a section to use as the diffuser. All I had to do to attach it to my Sunpak 383 was to cut a hole in the back. I wasn't satisfied with it and never used it again.
May 29 10 05:14 am Link
Woodland Hills, California, US
an older thread about DIY modifiers:
May 29 10 06:24 am Link
slave to the lens wrote:
Thanks for the link. You DIY people are awesome.
May 30 10 01:16 am Link
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Here is my hoakie piece of junk home depot setup that I pissed away my time building:
shot this with it:
I have a ton of Speedotron equipment but I had a ton of fun building and using this rig...because I could.
May 30 10 06:27 am Link
Cleveland, Ohio, US
we have made flat rolling walls 8' tall and 4' wide and parabolic rolling walls with a few building supplies. they can be painted or outfitted with foam core. Roll them into a set as a reflecting wall or paint them black for negative bounce back.
May 30 10 06:33 am Link
Imperial, California, US
May 30 10 06:38 am Link
Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
I made my own sync cords with Home Depot stuff.
I bought PC-to-household (male) plug cables online. I also bought mini phone-to-household cables.
Then I went to Home Depot and bought some lamp cord and female plugs. I made several different lengths of extension cord that are female on both ends. +++ For safety label as photography tool +++
My intention was to be able to use more flashes with the number of Pocket Wizards that I already own. I still haven't used it to its full potential. But, it's nice to know that I am not always at the mercy of every high priced piece of equipment out there.
May 30 10 07:07 am Link