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A $60 DIY Photo Ceiling Rail Lighting System

What started off as a quick lighting test in my garage has turned into a full investigation and installation of my own DIY photography ceiling rail system. My shooting space measures 7×10 feet (2x3m) — not a great space for shooting portraits.

Okay, so you might manage it with one light on a stand/boom, but what if, like me, you like using more than one light? I tend to use a 3-light setup when shooting my creative portraits, and setting up 3 stands with softboxes becomes very cramped in such a small space.

It was during these sessions that I decided to look into buying a ceiling rail system to create more floor space, but they’re expensive! They’re great systems for the studio, but my garage space is used for trying out quick lighting setups/ideas.

So, I decided to build my own ceiling lighting system. Below is a quick 5-minute video of it:

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