Ah-ha! thanks for asking. I set up my photography area based on
the web articles by Charles L-B. We built our box out of white foam
core, with a parchment paper “roof.” This diffuses the light
nicely. We have light stands with 250 watt bulbs on either side.
For the overhead, we took two coat hangers, elongated them, put one
each over opposite sides of the ceiling fan arms. Then, to make the
overhead light hang right, I coiled some heavy copper wire, put that
over the two coat hangers (the part you’d normally put on the
The center light has a wire that goes through it, to hang from, that
goes on the copper coil. Center light is 500 watts.
Center the foam core box, arrange lights. Oh, inside the box is
another piece of foam core set on a block, to make a ramp. Put
photo backdrop paper on the ramp. The light is diffused, shadows
are not a problem, and it can all be put in one box plus the light
stands, and stack of foam core.
Also, it’s very inexpensive.
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor