DIY Studio Lighting with Common Household Items

with Dave Montizambert

Hack your Lighting!

Pro results, without the pro gear (or expense)
Learn from international lighting wizard Dave Montizambert, how to create incredible portrait and fashion lighting on models, clients, friends or family, in your living-room using nothing more than an inexpensive work-light and readily available repurposed house-hold items in place of lighting modifiers, stands and rigging. This video’s six lighting setups are designed to expose you to the creative possibilities of lighting and to inspire you into painlessly learning the necessary lighting principles that can be applied to all lighting situations. During the six shoots, you will have an over-the-shoulder view, from many angles, of the homemade lighting setups as they unfold – you will see exactly where each piece of rigging is placed and why, plus you will see it all again in detail using Dave’s patented intricate lighting diagrams and image capture progressions. All this plus a bonus lesson on main-light placement for best facial lighting.

This fast loading program contains 2.7 hours of live action video.
Mac/Windows  (videos in clips folder: for transfer to your iPad/iPhone etc).
Lessons Include

Fine-arts portrait
Moody B&W fashion body shot
Environmental Group shot
Shooting a self portrait
3/4 length senior’s style fashion portrait
Window-lit portrait
Lighting with bedsheets
Lighting with walls and doors
Lighting with ceiling bounce light
Lighting with floor bounce light
Controlling Shadow fill bounce light
How to create becoming facial light patterns
How to create studio quality backgrounds from bed covers
Using shoot environment for backgrounds
How to create a pure black background
How to control ambient light
Controlling light quality (soft & hard light)
Mixing ambient light with subject lighting
Control light contamination from
unwanted light spill


Introduction (05:50)

An overview of DIY Studio Lighting and some important thoughts on approaching your homemade photography techniques.

Lighting Faces (06:40)

Dave demonstrates some fundamental lighting principals on the iconic face of Mozart.

Window Light (21:11)

Imagine creating a studio quality portrait complete with backlight, fill light and key light- using only a living room window in the daytime and a few household items.

Top-Lit Body Shot (29:36)

Learn how to achieve this epic, high contrast top lit shot by utilizing a ladder, a shelf, a broom, some sheets and an inexpensive hardware store work light.

Group Portrait (18:07)

If you have kids, or know anyone who might want high quality photographs of their children without spending thousands of dollars, don’t miss this lesson!

Creative Teen Portrait (32:55)

An in depth look at creating a studio portrait in your living room using things that exist in every home.

High Contrast Dramatic Portrait (17:52)

High contrast dramatic photographs are always in high demand. Learn an easy, inexpensive way to do this using only one light.

Self Portrait (27:28)

Taking a high quality self portrait by yourself can be a very difficult thing to achieve. Watch the lighting wizard himself, Dave Montizambert, design a self portrait using a number of techniques and tricks that will de-mystify the process.

Final thoughts (03:25)

Dave shares some final insights and gives resources for further learning.


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