If you are like me, and decided it was time to get a really amazing DSLR but wasn't able to get a professional lighting set up, never fear, because this is a quick, if not inventive way of doing it a little differently.
I come from a film and theatre background, so the ability to make do with what I have has managed to flow through my blood.
This has led to many interesting ideas and ways of doing things, and lighting is one of the most inventive and interesting elements of photography.
Now, a good example of inventive lighting comes from the Film Noir movement of the 1940's.
These films were made incredibly cheap, even cheaper by modern terms, and in most, if not all occasions they only ever had one light source.
This led to a whole style of film making which held intense areas of ink black and shadowed areas.
What does all this mean to this article? Well, if you can not afford the varying sets of expensive sets ups, then here is a clever alternative.
The 500 watt Garden flood gives you some amazing light, and can also give you some really deep shadows.
I don't recommend this for people doing professional portraits, but for those who wish to experiment more, and see what can be achieved, it's a nifty way of finding out.
Plus, with great programs such as Adobe Photoshop, and the free software cleverly named 'Gimp', you can create anything you like.
The usual set up in film consists of three lights, which is basically the same for many photography set ups.
One to light the subject, one to remove or enhance shadow and definition, and then another to act as fill.
Your three 500W lamps should do fine for this, but you may still need a reflector to bounce some light around for the fill.
So, here is a clever way to make your own on a budget.
You will need to do a series of things.
First off, build a frame.
It will need to be rather large, probably about 1 metre by 1 metre.
Don't make it so big you can't hold it, and don't make it so small it has no effect.
Then stretch some white fabric over it and either staple the backs or tie it really tight, see, simple.
The basic job is to bounce light onto your subject to brighten areas you wish to highlight.
But don't rely on it!! It's a handy piece of kit, but you can get great effects without one.