• This is fascinating, Neil… :)

    November 06, 2008
  • Thank you very much! I’m glad you liked it. Congratulations to you as well on your wedding :) I’m thrilled for you!

    November 06, 2008
  • Wow great to have an insight as to how these things work!


    November 10, 2008
  • Neil,

    Thanks for sharing your lighting setups. Always appreciate the “how I did it” posts.

    November 15, 2008
  • Hi Neil,

    I’m *very* interested in starting to setup a portable selection of gear to do some portraits with. It will all be on b/w film at this stage, with my main interest being in moody portraits of the wife and kids. I’m going to start with just some basic lighting until I get the hang of things, but the thing I need most is a backdrop.

    As you rightly point out, the US dollar to AUS dollar conversion is not even worth mentioning at this stage so I was wondering if you may have done a post somewhere along the line on basic/budget lighting techniques?

    I just bought the new Australian “Digital Photography: black & white Volume 1” magazine and it has given me some ideas for what I want to achieve (pg 43 to be exact) but I need the backdrops. I checked on ebay and a proper backdrop will set me back about $100.

    Is there a particular sort of material that these are made from? ie. Since I can use a sewing machine competently is is something I can knock up myself?

    Finally, in the event that you haven’t done a post on this sort of thing is there a particular site/post that discusses these sort of ghetto lighting setups?

    I was going to ask in flickr somewhere, but then I remembered you’d just setup your studio, and there was this post on lighting…


    November 15, 2008
  • Thanks everyone, I’m glad you like the peek behind the scenes :)

    @TWB I don’t have any of the kind of posts you are asking about. I’ve tried to document the kind of lighting schemes I’ve used whenever I post a photo to the blog using flash. If you have any specific questions about the photos you see here, please feel free to post them as a comment to the post, or even better, in a thread on our forum:

    All of the photos I’ve ever taken have used the above or less equipment, so it’s all quite affordable.

    I’m also looking for affordable paper backdrops, but I’m not having any luck as yet. If I find anything, I’ll let you know, please do the same if you find success! The backdrop I hace is a simple cotton one, but it’s in one piece, rather than joined with a possibly visible seam. I got it in a kit with the stand and a bag from B&H for about $100usd (when the AUD was better) plus shipping.

    If you want to learn about low cost small off-camera lighting you can’t beat You MUST read all of Strobist 101 and 102. If you read and understand those, you’ll be able to do everything I can, maybe more :)

    Good luck and please let us know how you go!

    November 17, 2008
  • Jen Lapuz

    It is great to see Anime Conventions covered by great photographers. Lots of cosplayers put so much thought and effort into making their costumes. It is great that you can capture that. I go to Anime Expo here in Southern California and enjoy the whole experience. Great tutorial on a portable setup.

    November 21, 2008
  • Jamie "Midori"

    That’s a great idea that you put this up to give others information of what you do.

    Oh My Gosh! One of the photos is me… hehehe.

    I was Midori. My friend Rhea dressed up as “Moroko the monk.” We both had a photo session with you at the Manifest Convention a while back in September!!

    Thanks that was heaps of fun by the way.


    December 02, 2008
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