Our DIY Studio Lighting Photography Idea

My husband and I came up with an idea to expand our reach by offering portraits to local trick or treaters in West Phoenix on Halloween. Since most of the captures would happen once the sun went down, we knew we would need to set up studio lighting photography. Having rented photography equipment and lighting in the past, we wanted to develop our own form of DIY LED home lighting that exceeded past results. Without further adieu, this is what we came up with and how we built it.
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The Materials we used for our Studio Lighting Photography.

  • A roll or two of electric tape. (depending on how efficient you like to be)
  • 2 large storage tubs.
  • A roll of large aluminum foil
  • 2+ LED light bulbs 50-100 watts. (Closest to 4700 lumens which is natural light)
  • 2-4 aluminum (industrial) light fixtures. (Make sure wattage output matches bulbs)
  • Light softening material (shower curtain, pillow case, or silk sheet).
  • Extension coord and surge protector.
  • Box cutter, utility knife, or knock-out blade for power drill.
  • Fasteners (screws hooks) if you’re wanting to hang your lights.

Our DIY box lighting manufacturing process:

1. Remove the reflective funnel from your industrial light fixture. Most will screw off, but you may need to cut yours. Be careful!


2. Measure the exact center on the bottom of your bin and cut out a hole that the light fixture can fit through. (keep it snug!) Fasten the light fixture to the bottom of the container with the on/off switch outside. Make sure it’s tight by taping around the edges.


4. Portion off enough aluminum foil to stretch across the inside of the container horizontally and vertically. The goal is to create an angle so the light is directed towards to top. Cut a hole in foil so your light fixture sticks out. Crimp the excess foil around the edges of the tub.


5. Use white material to cover the top of your bin in order to soften the light. You can use electric tape or a large rubber band to hold it down.


Additional Ways to Enhance Your DIY Photo Lighting.

1. Invest in more lighting angles.  In order to maximize the lighting of our photoshoot, we decided to purchase two additional LED bulbs and lighting fixtures. Instead of building a few more box lights (normally used for fill lighting), we simply kept the fixtures in tact. Since the LED bulbs were pretty bright, we used some packaging sheets to soften them. Once we

2. Hang Your lights to hide shadows.  Since we had some photography equipment already laying around, we decided to use one of our camera stands to hang one of the DIY box lights. This is where the fasteners and screws come into play. On one of the short side of our box light, we screwed in two curtain hanging fixtures. From here, we were able to connect the stand and control the height and angles of one of our lights. This worked great for different poses and sizes of people – especially when a large group passed through.

I hope you enjoyed my brief overview on how to build DIY home lighting for your photography studio. We’ve had a blast building our business in Surprise, Arizona and hope we were able to help you out with your current endeavors. We take pride in capturing smiles, styles, and everything worthwhile. Photographic lighting can really make a difference in your final product. Next time you’re browsing for professional lighting, consider this simple method as it worked like a charm for me!


This is What our Studio Lighting Photography Project Helped us Create.