DIY Studio Lighting

I promised to show the lighting setup for my Nikon D40 shoot after I cleaned up my room so here it is:

DIY “studio lighting”.

It’s a very simple setup. Let’s start from the top. I had a SB600 in wireless mode and at approximately 1/64 power. A cardboard is used to shield the light away from the surrounding areas of the room so the room will remain dark and not lighted up by the flash.

Separating the flash and the D40 is a piece of semi transparent tracing paper suspended in mid-air with transparent tape. You can buy this from any stationary shop. This piece of paper helps diffuse the light nicely so it won’t look too harsh on the subject. Below that, I held the D40 on a tripod which allowed me to angle and move it around under the diffused light.

Here’s how it looks like with the lights on. Actually I didn’t really clean up my desk.

On my D80, I set my flash to commander mode so it will fire the SB600 that’s positioned above the D40. During shooting, I turned off the lights in the room. I set the shutter speed to 1/200 (max flash sync speed) and aperture to f/11 to isolate the remaining ambient light. I use a combination of the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens.

So there you have it. A simple DIY studio lighting that will throw soft light onto any object that you want. Just make sure you set your flash power low and don’t hesitate to experiment. Play with your flash power, shutter speed and aperture. Happy shooting! Continue reading