Now a days everyone wants to create the Peter Hurley Kino Flo light setup. And while the setup is amazing the cost is pretty high. Especially if your business hasn’t started to boom or you just don’t want to fork up that kind of cash. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t create your own Kino Flo like setup at home. I did it, and it didn’t cost me $2,000. I went to my local Home Depot and got me 4x 4FtT8 Fluorescent light bulbs for $18.00. 2x 4Ft bank light fixers for $19.00 each. I already had some extra 3/4 PVC pipe and a few 8-32 screws and bolts. The set up is really easy. Just make your measurements and make sure you’re not drilling any holes through any important wires on the light fixers. It took me about 15mins to drill and screw both light fixers. And about a total of $60 total to buy the lights and fixers. Let me tell you they give off some really nice even light. I’m actually planning on making a few more and have a all rounded Light setup. Even though I have a few Alien Bees B800 and a few more strobes, I like the even look that these lights give off and I can see as to why Peter Hurley does too.
What’s in my bag?
The most asked question on forums by new comers is “What gear are you using” I personally believe it doesn’t matter what gear you have as long as you 1. Understand light and how it works 2. You’re creative and have a passion for it. The camera doesn’t make you a good photographer, its what you capture that makes you a great photographer. Even though I said the camera you have doesn’t matter, it sure as hell helps.
I’m using a Full Frame FX Nikon D700. And I can only speak for myself when I say that coming from using a D90 & D7000 DX Camera’s, once I made the switch to Full Frame I’ll never go back to shooting DX.
Now here is what I use for my photography:
As you may have seen I mainly have PRIME Lenes. The reason for that is that they allow me to shoot at a higher aperture of f/1.2 – f/2.8! It simply allows you to use a lot more light. Here are a few example of a shoot I did with my 85mm at f/1.4 with my ND Filter attached & Alien Bee with a grid.
Like I said before the camera doesn’t defy you. You are your own camera, what you in vision is what you put out for the world to see and enjoy. I hope this helps anyone that carries the same passion that I have. Grab a camera and shoot!