Basic studio lighting doesn't have to be expensive, or complicated and can give you great results.
When I first started out in photography there was some stuff that I just didn’t attempt; it seemed it was too complicated, too intimidating, too expensive, too much trouble and too uncomfortable. It was a combination of things. Not being confident with the technicalities of photography initially and having to shift the way that I normally interacted with the world and more importantly the people in it, meant that I stuck to photographing images without people in them; landscapes, architecture, animals, plants, skyscapes, streets and objects. I didn’t feel comfortable doing portraits and could never imagine that I would ever be doing portraits professionally.
But that all changed, some time ago now. Now I love to capture images of people, either on location, in someone’s home, at someone’s workplace, out and about or in a studio space. It’s taken a concerted effort for me to get comfortable doing portrait photography and when I say ‘comfortable’ I mean technically comfortable and comfortable with the process that I go through as I approach a portrait session. The personal interaction that is required to assist with the portrait process is another whole blog subject in and of itself, so I’m not going to go into that here. What I do want talk about is studio lighting.
When I decided that I needed to push myself as a photographer, it was to face my baulking at doing portraiture and more specifically studio portraits. I had always fed my lack of courage to tackle portraits by trying to convince myself that it was not only complicated but expensive.
It wasn’t until I bought my first set of studio lights that I really began to develop in an expansive way. It was not only a revelation for me, it also was a dual joy; technically pushing myself to gain more skills and creatively pushing myself to work with light in new ways.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find that there are plenty of affordable options to get you started in studio lighting and back-drops. So if you’re wanting to develop your photography skills then take a look at getting holding of some affordable studio lights. I’m pretty sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Take a look at these simple and inexpensive Photography Portrait Lighting Set: