One of the challenging lighting setups that I have encountered deals with setting up a lighting environment in small spaces. Spaces like working dens, children rooms and offices. Those places are sometimes dark and not well lit. The solution for this problem is simple - use flashes. One or two hot shoe flashes can easily give you the light you need. For creativity sake, you would like to take those flashes off camera like one of my favorite sites suggests. So where will you place those flashes? Obviously, you can not use a lighting stand - there is hardly any place for you, let alone your big lighting stands.
So what would you have in abundance in a working den? Let's see.... If you've ever been in a lawyer office, you can't escape the answer - they have books. Shelves and shelves of books. Do they actually read them? I don't know. Can you, as a photographer use them? Heck yes!
In the following article, I will show you how to create a simple, fast to build, cool looking lighting stand from a plaster spatula and some books.
The first thing you will need is a plaster spatula, those come in really cheap. You can get a metal one or a plastic on, and there is no need to buy the high end spatulas, just buy the crummiest, cheapest, made in Taiwan most suitable spatula you can find.
You will also need an umbrella holder (AKA swivel). Or if you don't have one a long 1/4" bolt and nut. In general 1/4" bolts are something usful to have around the house. Click to continue ›