Quick & Easy Constant Lights Photography Setup

By Amy

Mar 08

Photography lighting shouldn't be scary

Do you have a lighting kit, but wonder where and how to set it up?

Check out this quick video going over a quick and easy setup you can use for blog photos, product photos, or anything you want to shoot!

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Constant Lights Quick and Easy Setup


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Constant Light Photo Shoot Setup


Today we are going to go over a quick and easy lighting setup, and this time we are going to go over using constant light.

You’ll see that I have two lighting stands, one on either side.

My set up is in my dining room, but obviously you can use whatever works best for your situation and for what you’re shooting.

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Everyone is loving that marble look. I saved a lot of money by purchasing contact paper in that marbled pattern. It is just laid out and held back by another roll, but you can use anything you like as a background or to hold the paper in place.

I also have hanging up in the background a curtain rod and it’s holding a backdrop so I can use this area if I need for other things, as well.

Obviously you can use a variety of things for a backdrop such as:

-Sheets

-Blankets

-Photographic paper

-Bulletin board paper (teacher/craft store)

-Scrapbook paper

Beyond that you can get really creative!

Where should I setup?

You may find working in the kitchen, your bedroom, or outside is a better area to set up your subject.

It’s going to come down to what it is you’re shooting and where in your home works the best.

Obviously, everything doesn’t work perfect and everyone’s residence isn’t set up perfect for photography which is why I am using my dining room, so you’ll have to make due with what you have.

Another option, is to ask a friend or family member if you can take photos at their house or apartment.

I recently did this. I needed an office setting which I don’t have.

So, I used my sister-in-law’s brother’s home office. You may just need to think outside the box to find the right look and setup.

Ok, getting back to the setup I’m using…

Photography lighting isn't scary with this quick and easy photo setup! https://wp.me/p7IY3K-mE

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One that is directed from one side and you can see I have angled it down towards the subject. And the other light is set up over and behind and it’s also angled right down to my subject or props.

Then I will just get in and angle my shot. You can come from the top.

I used a 2 light setup because the light’s brightness falls off or gets weaker as it moves away from the light source. So I want to evenly expose this scene.

I also change the angle of the lights so it’s not directly competing. It does give you a little bit of different shadows, but that’s ok.

If you see all the wood from my table to the side, that is not helpful and not what I want. You can also see that I have a seam up there on my marble print paper.

I am not going to worry about that because it can always be edited out later.

For now I just want to make sure that I have a well lit scene, the props in the position that I want, and make sure you take multiple shots from different angles.

Mix up the props into different set ups because the photo you think you want may not actually be the one that works when you are working with the photo in the end.

Other Options

For this example shoot I chose to use constant light because I am taking all the photos with my phone. If I wanted to get out my fancy DSLR camera out, I still could have used these constant lights which are just CFL bulbs.

I could have also set up my DSLR camera to use flashes or speed light, but actually setting up the constant lights is much quicker.

I've found that I tend to use this set up more often and I leave the adapter intact on the lightstand for a faster setup.

The lights are fairly close because the light bulbs are 45W CFL bulbs. I chose these bulbs because of the reviews online, but I find that they are not quite bright enough and next time I will get a higher wattage.

I leave all of this attached and collapse the stand and toss it off to the side into my closet. I take the umbrella off so it doesn’t catch on things or risk it breaking. This way, it’s ready to go the next time I want to set it up and toss it into my dining room for a quick photo shoot.

I would love to hear where you typically find the best place to do your photos.

Drop me a comment down below and let me know where you set up. Or better yet show me a picture of your set up so we can all see it.

Have a great week and happy snapping!

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About the Author

Amy is the owner extraordinaire at Learn Blog Photography and Amy Paris Photography. She's a single mom to an amazing teenage son. She's passionate about photography and skiing (downhill), the faster the better! Sign up for a FREE 30-min call to light up your photos & biz! bit.ly/2udzBXB

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