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02-09-2014, 04:14 PM - 3 Likes   #1
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How-to: rim lighting on a budget

I just published an article on how I got the specific lighting look for my recent "model with flexible aluminum tubing" shots using a couple of really cheap flashes and DIY barn doors.

Note that there is an image at the end of the article that is possibly mildly NSFW depending on you and your coworker's feelings about bare Art Tushies.

No user-serviceable parts inside: Effective Rim Lighting on a Budget


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Great write up. Very informative. Wish I had a studio to set up things like this.
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Thanks for the low-budget approach to a fairly sophisticated lighting setup. Very encouraging.
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j2photos, sholtzma: thank you!

I should point out that I don't actually have a real studio; my studio is portable. This was shot in the exercise space of a Toronto wellness center. The space is unused a couple of days each week and I can rent it quite reasonably as compared to a photographic studio. It's not a huge space, but it has a very high ceiling.

I drive all my equipment over and carry it all in there. I have a large roller case for the medium heavy stuff, and a duffel bag for extras, props, wardrobe, and such. I also bring white foam core sheets for reflecting and black for absorbing light. It's all in keeping with low budget. :-)


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QuoteOriginally posted by bmw Quote
I should point out that I don't actually have a real studio; my studio is portable.
This is what makes this kind of innovation so great.

And I see you also use budget props. The flex duct is another great idea on a budget, and the IKEA curtains too.

Thanks for sharing!
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Excellent write up of the lighting technique and how to do it on a budget. I suggest you see if you can add it to the Articles section on these forums. A quick PM to the moderators would do the trick.
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Cool creative setup. You might also want to mention that the model is nude or that there is a NSFW picture in the link.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikemike Quote
Cool creative setup. You might also want to mention that the model is nude or that there is a NSFW picture in the link.
Thanks!

And I'll edit it.

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