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If you're an amateur or an enthusiast just testing the waters of studio lighting, you're probably struggling with the lack of necessary funds for proper gear. But that shouldn't really stop your or even get you down in any way, because with a little bit of imagination, you can shoot in studio-like conditions in the comfort of your home. You can check another post about photo ideas at home here.
All around you there are things you can use to improvise lighting setups. No matter how advanced, a studio will basically need the same items: light sources, diffusers, a table if you're shooting products, and various other modifiers. Household items can successfully replace a lot of them. You can use reading lamps to shoot objects or as hair lights for portrait sessions. Pringles tubes can be turned into snoots, especially if you haven't got a flash gun with a zoom function. Diffusers can be created using a lot of items you can find in any household, from cooking paper to bed sheets.
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The most important part of studio lighting isn't the quantity or the quality of the lights, or the how the modifiers and diffusers look. What matters most is how much you understand about the way light works and how accurately you can determine how to light a specific situation.
That naturally comes with practice. The cool thing about shooting with whatever is available is that you'll find it a lot easier to work with proper studio lights, once you can afford them.
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Here's a great video from DigitalRev TV showing you how to turn household items into studio gear.