DIY Studio Lighting (Homemade Photography)

DIY Studio Lighting (Homemade Photography)
by Dave Montizambert

Hack your Lighting!

Pro results, without the pro gear (or expense)
Learn from international lighting wizard Dave Montizambert, how to create incredible portrait and fashion lighting on models, clients, friends or family, in your living-room using nothing more than an inexpensive work-light and readily available repurposed house-hold items in place of lighting modifiers, stands and rigging. This video’s six lighting setups are designed to expose you to the creative possibilities of lighting and to inspire you into painlessly learning the necessary lighting principles that can be applied to all lighting situations. During the six shoots, you will have an over-the-shoulder view, from many angles, of the homemade lighting setups as they unfold - you will see exactly where each piece of rigging is placed and why, plus you will see it all again in detail using Dave’s patented intricate lighting diagrams and image capture progressions. All this plus a bonus lesson on main-light placement for best facial lighting.

This fast loading program contains 2.7 hours of live action video.
The advanced interface allows the user to instantly jump to any of the lessons with complete control over the playback including Full Screen. (Disk includes hi Resolution and low resolutiion (for transfer to your iPad/iPhone etc).
Disc(s) DIY Lighting $49.99

The Author

Dave Montizambert lectures internationally on lighting, digital photography, and Adobe Photoshop. He is also a published author having written two books on lighting and digital photography plus numerous magazine articles on these topics in North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia. For the past 25 years his company (Montizambert Photography) has created photographic images for such companies as McDonalds, Motorola, Tri-Star Pictures, Warner Brothers, Chimera Softboxes, Kodak, No Fear Sports Gear, Tsingtao Brewery of China, Toyo Tires, and many others. Dave’s work has won Georgie, Lotus, Hemlock, Studio Magazine, CAPIC, and Graphex awards. Dave is available for lectures and workshops in your area and can be reached at

Lessons Include

  • Fine-arts portrait
    Moody B&W fashion body shot
    Environmental Group shot
    Shooting a self portrait
    3/4 length senior’s style fashion portrait
    Window-lit portrait
    Lighting with bedsheets
    Lighting with walls and doors
    Lighting with ceiling bounce light
    Lighting with floor bounce light
    Controlling Shadow fill bounce light
    How to create becoming facial light patterns
    How to create studio quality backgrounds from bed covers
    Using shoot environment for backgrounds
    How to create a pure black background
    How to control ambient light
    Controlling light quality (soft & hard light)
    Mixing ambient light with subject lighting
    Control light contamination from
    unwanted light spill



Now includes Full Screen Playback. And works on iPad,iPhone 4 (Earlier iPhones not supported) iTunes and Apple TV!

All Lessons

Introduction (05:50)

An overview of DIY Studio Lighting and some important thoughts on approaching your homemade photography techniques.

Lighting Faces (06:40)

Dave demonstrates some fundamental lighting principals on the iconic face of Mozart.

Window Light (21:11)

Imagine creating a studio quality portrait complete with backlight, fill light and key light- using only a living room window in the daytime and a few household items.

Top-Lit Body Shot (29:36)

Learn how to achieve this epic, high contrast top lit shot by utilizing a ladder, a shelf, a broom, some sheets and an inexpensive hardware store work light.

Group Portrait (18:07)

If you have kids, or know anyone who might want high quality photographs of their children without spending thousands of dollars, don't miss this lesson!

Creative Teen Portrait (32:55)

An in depth look at creating a studio portrait in your living room using things that exist in every home.

High Contrast Dramatic Portrait (17:52)

High contrast dramatic photographs are always in high demand. Learn an easy, inexpensive way to do this using only one light.

Self Portrait (27:28)

Taking a high quality self portrait by yourself can be a very difficult thing to achieve. Watch the lighting wizard himself, Dave Montizambert, design a self portrait using a number of techniques and tricks that will de-mystify the process.

Final thoughts (03:25)

Dave shares some final insights and gives resources for further learning.


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