“Photography is an expensive hobby!” Those were the words of almost everyone I told, about my desire to become an amateur photographer. In a sense, they were right: buying a descent camera and a pair of lenses was not cheap. I’ve experienced first-hand how money-consuming photography can be, but I’ve also experienced how amazing photography can be. After some small shoots here-and-there, I decided to put down my camera and focus on other priorities. However, my mother picked up “the kit” (as I like to call it) and made it her own. Ever since then, I’ve helped her out with her shoots, location scouting, and so on.
Recently, my mother’s been getting an interest in portrait photography. She began to look into light kits, but they were quite expensive: the most basic light kits can go for approximately $60 or more. Somehow, she ran into The Frugal Filmmaker‘s YouTube channel and the problem was suddenly fixed: Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5 and Clamp Lighting. Sure, it’s not your typical fancy lighting system, but with some creativity and the will to make things work, it’s the perfect solution! With some simple PVC and clamp lights, you can have a nice little studio setup. Meanwhile, you can save up for a professional kit and probably buy yourself a couple cheeseburgers along the way.
If you’re into cinematography, have very little money for equipment, and don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty, The Frugal Filmmaker’s channel and blog is definitely something you should look into.
P.S. We used four of these light stands and clamp lights for a program in church and they worked flawlessly!