Ok I've now reached the point where I have to do something about photographic lighting. I knew this was a point I would reach and have been doing loads of research. Where I have arrived is: I have saved enough buy a really good light a bravo 1000w quartz halogen for £179. I already have a light stand. I cannot believe the price of a soft box! About the same price as the light.
So I have to make one.
I can do this.
The idea came. Tinfoil trays. So a trip to Robert Dyas. 2 sets of large trays @ £1.99 each 1 set of flan dishes @ .99p duct tape £4.19.
Joining the trays wasn't as easy as I thought. Tape didn't work. Stapling didn't work. I must have something that will work. Filing clips! Perfect. Strong and metal. Yeah! Then I pulled them into the flan dish. took a couple of goes but I had these tiny clips in my scrapbooking box that secured those. A sturdy frame has now been created. popped down to the corner store for a roll of tinfoil .59p wrapped that around my structure. Fits perfectly on my light.
Now to diffuse. I have bought a couple of sheets of gel @ £3 each. I attach them with little paper clamps at the top. then back to my scrapbooking box. I have small 'sticky hoop & loop pads' I use a combination of these and paper clips to attach the gel.
And: it is kitset, I can take it apart and put it back together.
Total Cost: £12.75