How do you mount lights in studio?

The following are some questions which you may ask yourself before deciding whether or not it’s worth your time to install a studio lighting grid:

1) What kind of lights will I need? (Lighting fixtures?)

2) How much space does my room have? (Space available?)

3) Will installing a studio lighting grid affect the look of my home? (What would happen if I didn’t install one? Would my house look like a movie set?)

4) Do I want to spend money on a professional? (Do I really need one?)

5) Can I afford it? (I don’t have enough money right now. Is there any way I could DIY it?)

6) What will happen if I don’t install a studio lighting grid? (Will my house look like a movie set?)

7) Where can I get cheap/free light fixtures? (Where can I buy inexpensive or free light fixtures at home?)

8) How do you mount lights in studio? (How do you mount lights in studio without using a pantograph or other expensive equipment? How do you mount lights in studio that you can disassemble easily and quickly if you have to? How do you mount lights in studio without tools?)

9) Are there any alternatives to installing a studio lighting grid? (Can I use natural light instead? Would it be cheaper to just shoot outside?)

We hope this article helps people who need information about how do you mount lights in studio. We hope you find the information you need here. If you don’t, please ask us questions on our social media pages!

Quick Tip: Before you start reading, use the table of contents to navigate through this guide!

What You’ll Need

You’ll need several things before you begin building your own studio lighting grid. We’ve made a list of some of the things you might need below.

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You’ll obviously need yourself and a group of friends to help you with this. It’s a relatively simple process, but a little time consuming. Luckily, you can do this after school or on the weekends.

The next thing you’ll need is a room. Any old empty room in or outside your house will do. The bigger the room, the more lights you can put up. If you want to be precise, measure out the length and width of the room to make sure it’s big enough.

Next, you’re going to need lights. We’ve talked about lights briefly before. The number of lights you’ll need depends on the size of your room and how bright you want it to be. If you’re on a budget, we recommend getting old school light bulbs and keeping them on chains (you can find these at most hardware stores or flea markets). You’ll also need light sockets, a step down transformer, light bulb holders, and wire clamps.

This isn’t necessary, but it’ll make things a lot easier. It’ll also make things more uniform and professional looking. You can use a pantograph to transfer any image onto your lights. The more intricate the design, the more pantographs you’ll need. We recommend downloading images off the internet if you’re a little short on cash.

That’s about it! Simple right? Now let’s move on to the fun part, actually constructing your lighting grid…

Building Your Own DIY Lighting Grid

Now that you have an empty room and all your supplies, it’s time to actually get to work. We’ve broken this section down step-by-step to make things as easy as possible for you. Follow each step carefully and you’ll be well on your way to having your very own lighting grid!

1) Put the lights in the sockets.

Before you do anything else, put a light bulb in every socket. If you’re using the old school light bulbs and chains, hang every other chain (light bulb + chain) from the ceiling.

If you’re using pantographs, put a light bulb in every other circle.

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NOTE: If parts of your lighting grid have six circles and some have five, the five circle ones need to be attached to each other with a wire clamp. The six circle ones can be connected to each other without the use of wire clamps.

2) Hang the light sockets from the ceiling.

Using the wire clamps, hang the light sockets that don’t have chains from the ceiling. Your goal is to have all the lights at the same level across the entire grid. Keep in mind that you’ll be attaching more things to the grid later, so keep enough space between each light socket.

Test everything by turning on each set of lights individually. Does everything turn on? Great! If not, check all the connections to make sure they’re secure.

As a last step, go back and tighten up (or loosen) each connection to make sure everything is as even as possible. You don’t want some lights to be brighter than others. That defeats the whole purpose of this!

Congratulations! Your grid is finished! Or it will be once you add the diffusers…

Make a Hole in Your Wallet

Now that you have the light grid set up exactly how you want it, it’s time to add the diffusers. This is what’s going to give your grid that professional look and will prevent the lighting from being too harsh.

There are all kinds of different materials you can use for this, ranging from simple white tissue paper to complex vacuform plastic.

Using what you already have on hand or can easily acquire, choose materials that will cover the entire grid without touching any of the light bulbs. The thicker and more opaque the material, the better. Black is always a good color to stick with.

For example, if you’re using old school light bulbs and chains, we recommend cutting up an old white bed sheet. If you’re using pantographs, red bubble wrap works great. You’ll want to use something that is big enough to cover the entire grid and drap down over the edges a bit.

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Once you have everything ready, it’s time to put it all together…

Putting It All Together

Now that you have your diffusers ready, it’s time to apply them to the grid. This step is fairly easy as well. Just follow these instructions and you’ll have yourself a working light grid in no time!

1) Lay out the diffusers over your grid, making sure they completely cover every socket.

2) Starting on one side, begin attaching the diffusers to the grid using thumbtacks or other similar items. You should only be using them as “hangers”, so don’t go overboard with the amount you’re using. Two per side should do it.

Smile! You’re Done!

Congratulations on building your own light grid! You can now take pictures using this in any way that you like, keeping the following two rules in mind…

1) If you’ve built this grid for taking pictures of girls, they MUST be wearing some kind of skirts. No dress or pants allowed! Of course, you can wear whatever you want.

2) No pictures of groups with more than 4 people. If you don’t know why, it’s because the story would fall apart if there were any more characters!

Now get out there and start taking some pictures! If you want to share them, send them to us using the contact link below. We’d love to see what you come up with!

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