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From the Archives – YouTube Favorites: Lighting on a Budget

By Hanssie on March 23rd 2014

As we go digging through the SLR Lounge archives for some of our most popular Youtube video tutorials in the past, we’ve come up with some of the most popular “Lighting on a Budget” videos.

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Here are some of our most watched, “Lighting on a budget” videos from our YouTube channel.

1.  PETER HURLEY STYLE HEADSHOT LIGHTING ON THE CHEAP! HEADSHOT LIGHTING WITH A STROBE AND REFLECTORS

At Lin and Jirsa Photography, our primary photography business is wedding, family and couples portraiture. However, we often have the need to shoot headshots. Often times it is for our own staff, while other times it is one of our clients requesting headshots for their business use.

Since our main business really isn’t shooting headshots, we don’t have the need to invest in expensive lighting setups such as Kino Flo constant light systems. A set of these lights like the ones that Peter Hurley uses for his headshot lighting can easily set you back more than $5,000. Since we can’t justify that expense from a business standpoint, my goal was to find a cheaper way to mimic the clean square lighting look a la Peter Hurley. So, we will be creating our lighting setup with a simple strobe and a few reflectors.

2. CREATING A SCENE AND LIGHTING IT ON A BUDGET (A HOME DEPOT BUDGET) 

In this Behind the Scenes video tutorial, Pye shows us how to build a set with virtually nothing, and then light the entire set with less than $130 worth of lighting products, all of which (except the scrim) was purchased at Home Depot.

3. WHAT’S IN OUR LIGHTING BAG FOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS

In this video, we’re showing you exactly what’s in our lighting bag for a typical portrait session. Some people might think the gear we bring is excessive, but we want to be prepared for any lighting situation or any shot we might want to capture. Watch the video or read the article to see exactly what equipment we take with us, and why we would need them.

4.  FOUR INEXPENSIVE LIGHTING ACCESSORIES FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY 

The easiest way to increase the quality and professionalism of your newborn photos is by improving your lighting. We have 4 recommended pieces of lighting accessories that will increase the quality of your photos without breaking the bank. Check out the video below to see what lighting accessories we recommend for newborn photography.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s roundup of our YouTube favorites. Check out our YouTube page and the SLR Lounge School for more.

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting.

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