DIY Studio Daylight Control System for Photographers

Not every photography studio offers the perfect lighting. In fact, many storefront studios tend to have massive windows, which can ultimately affect your photography. To help alleviate this issue and provide better control over your ambient lighting, the Koldunov Brothers (Alexey Koldunov and Victor Koldunov) created this helpful daylight control system tutorial:

Controlling ambient light isn’t easy, and many studios offer nothing but available light. Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do to control the situation, and that’s where the Koldunov Brothers’ ingenious lighting control system comes into play.

Using a systematic curtain system made up of Velcro and small one meter fabric curtains, this resourceful option provides the ability to control both the amount and shape of your ambient lighting.

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The Koldunov Brothers show a variety of portrait lighting techniques by adding and removing the various fabric textiles (curtains).

The construction of this amazing system is comprised of a wooden frame divided into 1 x 1 meter cells, with an attached catchy Velcro placed around the perimeter of each cell frame. Each fabric piece is 0.5 x 1 meter. The textile can be used both vertically and horizontally.

The amount of fabric you take down (or keep up) determines the type of light transfer and ultimately allows you to create varying studio lighting effects, without the hefty price tag associated with purchasing monolights and modifiers.

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