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Building and Using DIY Lighting Gear

with Kevin Kubota

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About The Class

pro-quality lighting, for cheap.

You don’t need expensive gear to make professional quality images. In Building and Using DIY Lighting Gear, Kevin Kubota will teach you how to create lighting and photography tools with affordable and readily available materials.

Kevin will walk you through every step of building your own light modifiers and photo gear and show you exactly how to use them, with live models, for beautiful effects. You’ll learn how to:

  • Work with speedlights and mix natural light with flash
  • Shoot portraits in the studio or on location with DIY gear
  • Set up a simple commercial lighting shoot

Kevin will share essential lighting concepts that will improve all of your lighting choices. You’ll learn techniques you can apply to all the gear you use – whether it is from a manufacturer or your tool shed.

The right gear makes getting your best shot easier. Whether you use natural light, speedlights, or studio strobes this class will show you how to augment your gear with affordable, handmade tools to get even better results.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Everyday Carry Kit

    16:48
  2. 02

    Three Essential Lighting Styles

    16:20
  3. 03

    Rules of Lighting

    14:58
  4. 04

    Lighting Q&A

    12:11
  5. 05

    Camera Gear

    18:17
  6. 06

    Building a Door Scrim

    20:13
  7. 07

    Lighting Demo with Door Scrim

    23:55
  8. 08

    Building V-Flats

    12:17
  9. 09

    Triple Reflector V-Flat

    11:06
  10. 10

    Building a V-Flat Window Box

    25:07
  11. 11

    Building a Medium Sized Softbox

    27:17
  12. 12

    Building a Snoot

    16:30
  13. 13

    Stabilizer Cord and Milk Jug Background Light

    19:43
  14. 14

    Flashlight Lighting

    27:48
  15. 15

    Flashlight Lighting Q&A with Review

    08:27
  16. 16

    Making a Beauty Dish

    12:14
  17. 17

    Beauty Dish Lighting Demo Part 1

    26:42
  18. 18

    Beauty Dish Lighting Demo Part 2

    25:25
  19. 19

    Making Tube Strip Lights

    20:49
  20. 20

    Making a Kaleidalight

    26:30
  21. 21

    Making a Wall of Light

    19:47
  22. 22

    Making a Human Light Tent

    16:30
  23. 23

    Making a Backlight Wall

    17:32
  24. 24

    Kid Kooperators and Mobile Shooting Cart

    07:42
  25. 25

    Making a Shop Light Ring Light

    34:35
  26. 26

    Making a Photo Booth

    33:07
  27. 27

    Final Review

    18:02

Meet Your Expert

Kevin Kubota

American Photo Magazine named Kevin Kubota one of the "Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World". His photos have been featured on the covers and within the pages of countless popular magazines and photography books. Kevin has been a featured ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Geo Montecillo

    October 2018

    Super good course highly recommended it will help you get started on a low budget, yet creating wonderful images. Is there a link to west got?

  • F8 and be there

    December 2014

    This was an awesome fun class! So many great ideas on how to achieve various lighting effects on a smaller budget. You will save the price of the course most likely by making one softbox (or whatever) yourself. Highly recommended!

  • Adrian Martinez

    Adrian Martinez

    February 2019

    Going into my 4th year of photography, I finally built a photo studio in my home and after purchasing some lighting gear and other accessories, I decided to buy this course for additional ideas - GREAT class! I learned a LOT and was very inspired to be more creative. I especially liked that Kevin didn't joke too much or stray away from the course very much at all. Yet, he was still very entertaining and very informative. I'm putting so much of what I got form this class into action right away! This course DEFINITELY pays for itself - right away!

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