Photography Studio Equipment - Studio Lighting Setup

Photography Studio Equipment: Getting Started with Studio Lighting Setup

Photographer Stuart Schwartz gives photography tips for a home photo studio setup with suggestions for photography lighting equipment for beginners.

Whether you’re getting started with still life photography or looking to set up the perfect studio portrait lighting this guide to photography studio equipment will help you get a great basic photography studio setup with minimal fuss. Read on for my recommendations on studio lighting equipment, light modifiers, basic photography grip, and the camera accessories most useful for your studio lighting setup.

 

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Studio Lighting Gear


Photography Studio Equipment - Arri 300 Fresnel Light 300 Watt

Arri 300 Fresnel Light 300 Watt

The Arri 300 is the perfect tungsten light to get you started shooting still life photography in your own studio space. This professional photography lighting has a spot-to-flood range that allows you to pinpoint hard light on your subject or wash it in a soft, wide field of continuous lighting with a simple twist of a knob.


Photography Studio Equipment - Matthews 40in C Stand with Arm

Matthews 40″ C Stand with Arm

A good sturdy photography light stand capable of holding the weight of any light you will be using in the studio or for many other studio purposes. The arm adds a lot of flexibility for lighting options, use as a seamless background stand, or as a photography reflector stand. You’ll probably want a few for your photography lighting setup.


Photography Studio Equipment - Neewer Heavy Duty Photographic Sandbags

Neewer Heavy Duty Photographic Sandbags

Good to anchor photo light stands or stabilize anything that is shaky. Recommended for any studio lighting setup.


Studio Lighting Modifiers


Photography Studio Equipment - Rosco Roscolux Cinelux-105 Filter - Tough Spun - 48in x 25ft Roll

Rosco Roscolux Cinelux #105 Filter -Tough Spun – 48″x 25’ Roll

An excellent quality defusion material to soften light. Use over windows to soften direct light for natural light photography or on your studio lights for diffused light photography.


Photography Studio Equipment - Rosco Photofoil Matte Black Cinefoil

Rosco Photofoil Matte Black Cinefoil

A great product for manipulating and controlling light, easy to bend and shape to direct light the way you want.


Photography Studio Equipment - White Foam Core

White Foam Core

The best material for reflecting light or cutting light from your subject. I suggest having both white foam board and black foam board.


Grip and Accessories


Photography Studio Equipment - Gaffers Tape

Gaffers Tape

The best tape there is for your photography studio setup or any photographic situation, strong and easy to rip and remove, no gummy residue.


Photography Studio Equipment - White seamless background

White seamless background

Professional quality, non-reflective surface available in an array of colors and sizes


Photography Studio Equipment - Black seamless background

Black seamless background

Professional quality, non-reflective surface available in an array of colors and sizes


Photography Studio Equipment - 6in Heavy Duty Metal Spring Clamp

6″ Heavy Duty Metal Spring Clamp

Great to clamp and hold anything in place.


Photography Studio Equipment - Photography Backdrop Support Spring Clamp

Photography Backdrop Support Spring Clamp

Great to clamp and hold anything lightweight in place.


Camera Accessories


gifts for photographers Nikon Tether Cable

Camera tether cables (connect camera to computer cord)

These are absolutely the best cables for tethered shooting in the studio or on location. Be sure the tether cable is compatible with your camera.


Photography Studio Equipment - Digital shutter release

Digital shutter release

A necessity when shooting with very slow shutter speeds and otherwise can be helpful when shooting in the studio. Be sure the shutter release is compatible with your camera.


gifts for photographers HoodLoupe Camera Viewfinder Loupe

Hoodman loupe

A Hoodman loupe is great when using live view or when reviewing images on the back of your camera especially in a sunny situation.


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