If, like me, you are pondering asking Santa for some lighting gear for Christmas to start putting together a home studio, check out this short video to show you what can be achieved through a very simple setup that’s very affordable.
Manny Ortiz has put together this quick piece behind-the-scenes insight into what’s possible with just a single umbrella and a comparatively cheap strobe — not too dissimilar to this video from Pye Jirsa a few days ago.
If you’re drawing up a list, don’t forget to budget for light stands. A C-stand will give you a ton of flexibility, but what might surprise you is that even a cheap C-stand could cost you more than the Godox V860 II that Ortiz uses in this video. Being able to position your lights is key to getting good results, and consider that a C-stand will offer a lot more versatility than a basic light stand. Keep in mind that you’ll also need a sandbag to stop it from falling over.
The Bowens adapter is a good shout from Ortiz, as it gives you the option to attach a vast range of modifiers which will prove useful in the future when you go on to add softboxes and more.