Sonia and Dillon
Home Studio on a Budget!
This shot of Sonia and Dillon (my wife and son circa 2004) was not taken in a studio. It was shot on a bed using nothing but a sheet, window light and one bounced flash. I laid a white, double sheet on the bed, and over the headboard, so that it doubled as a backdrop.
The open window was to my left, and I had a Metz CL-4 flashgun aimed at the ceiling.
I used Photoshop to lose all the wrinkles in the sheet behind and increased the brightness for that studio look. A very simple and cheap set-up and a lot less hassle than a studio. It is also a great way to practice before committing any great expense on studio lighting.
Try this method yourself with just:
Once you get comfortable with a set up like this, try adding a second speedlight. Later on, have a go at off camera flash because that is where it gets fun and interesting!