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November 17th, 2006, 09:06 AM
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I'm thinking about setting up a little studio in my garage so I can photograph mainly my son, but also some of my friends babies. How much lighting do you think that I would need? I was thinking about getting a kit with 2-250 watt lamps with umbrellas (so 500 watts total...it's $100). How much would I need in addition to that? Maybe some clip on lights from Sears or something? I haven't really done much with lighting yet, so I'm kind of at a loss. There is only a single lightbulb in my garage right now, so it's pretty dark. I'd apprecaite any advice you guys could give!!
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November 17th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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it all depends on the size of the room, and color of walls. My garage is really small and I didnt need that much light at all. Also, do you have windows in your garage also?

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November 17th, 2006, 01:24 PM
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500 watts would be plenty. If you wanted you could use another low watt light for a background light(ie, if you are using a black background and your subject is wearing a black shirt, it will not make their heads seem to float, but it will seperate the two. I really love the way black shirts on black background looks) Good luck!! =)

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