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I have seen several looking for relatively inexpensive studio lighting.

The challenge I had being involved in Help Portrait last year was lighting. I wasted a lot of money trying to find an expensive solution.

The best solution I have found is a vendor on Amazon called Cowboy Studios. They have a single light stand with "shoot through" umbrella for about $30. I use two of these:

For light you can use two inexpensive "manual" flash units. I purchased 2 old Vivitar 285 flashes from Ebay and used them in manual mode with radio triggers. Although less expensive options can be found. In manual you adjust the distance from light source to subject to achieve proper exposure and balance. The other "down side" is that recycle time can take 3 sec. or more between shots. So "quick" multiple exposures are not achievable especially at full power settings.

They also have and all inclusive kit (I have not tried this product):

Cowboy also sells basic radio triggers for under $40 for 1 transmitter and 4 receivers.

Have you found any good solutions for individual and family "studio" lighting?

Edited by: N0_EQL at: 1/22/2012 (20:42)
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