When you buy a Nikon D5200, studio work is no longer just a dream....
We have all dreamt of having a studio somewhere, haven't we? Once it was almost impossible, but these days, with relatively cheap lights and a little imagination, it is easier than ever. Buy a Nikon D5200, buy a set of lights and live your dreams.
Of course it helps if you can find somewhere to use as a permanent or semi permanent studio space - a garage or loft are often ideal, provided you can keep unwanted light out. The reason photographers work so hard to exclude natural/variable light is so that they can control lighting conditions themselves. When buying lights you will have to decide whether to get continuous or strobe (flash) lighting. Continuous lighting comes in two kinds – tungsten or fluorescent – and the choice is largely a matter of personal taste. Tungsten lights tend to glow with a warmer light and so give a ‘reddish’ result which can be great for skin tones and natural looking images. Fluorescent lights have a more blueish tinge and give the sort of light ideal for pack shots or realistic still lifes. They tend not to emit so much heat as the tungstens.
Any light can be corrected with white balance (when you buy a Nikon D5200, you can set the white balance according to the lighting system or to the specific lighting conditions you are facing), but ideally you want to work with the lighting rather than trying to compensate against it all the time.
Here are some good lights to start off with:
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Bowens lighting equipment is used and trusted by professionals around the world and photographers on every continent are using Bowens products. They continue to design and distribute the most innovative and advanced studio lighting systems available today and claim to offer something for every photographer from amateur enthusiasts to professional commercial studios. If you buy these when your buy your Nikon D5200, you know you will be getting quality.
INTERFIT LIGHTING SYSTEMS also have an excellent reputation for quality lighting products. They tend to be cheaper than Bowens, but are reliable and pretty sturdy none-the-less. Ideal for those who buy a Nikon D5200 and then decide to give the studio a try.
ELINCHROM LIGHTING SYSTEMS are another solid brand of lights for the studio. When you buy a Nikon D5200 you can feel spoilt for choice. But we always recommend that you start off with just two lights until you get the hang of it....