What happens when a hugely successful photographer grabs a $20 halogen light from Home Depot and uses it in a model photoshoot? You be the judge.
It currently seems that we're all unwittingly locked in some kind of photography gear arms race as companies the world over compete to bring out newer, bigger, and better versions of everything. And with news this week that Nikon will officially enter the full frame mirrorless market sometime soon, it appears we'll all need deeper and deeper pockets to keep up.
So, it was refreshing to see the immensely popular Jessica Kobeissi put out a video showing how she recently used a $20 lighting setup from Home Depot to shoot a model. She talks you through the kind of halogen light she used and how she set it up for her shoot. She also provides three different results from backlit, sidelit, and frontlit angles. Obviously with the limitations of one light source, you could get picky about some of the results, but as she explains, she was going for a certain look and the cheap light helped her get what she wanted.
The major takeaway for me was that we can always use cheaper gear than we think and there is always an alternative to the vast sums we think we need to spend to get everything right. Indeed, just the other day, I found a bunch of cellophane sheets lying around at my daughter's pre-school. I took them home and they worked perfectly as an alternative to far more expensive gels.
So what hacks out there do you have that not only save you money, but also provide some pretty good results? I'd love to hear about them in the comments, because with an ever-growing family, I simply don't have the cash reserves to keep up with the latest gear trends.