This is probably nothing new for most of the Apuggers out there- but I made my first portrait hotlight kit yesterday- bought everything at Home Depot: 300 watt, 10 inch reflector 'shop' light with clamp to hold it in one spot $11.99 300 watt bulb- $3.89 square piece of wood to use as base- about 16" x 16" X 1" already had, but probably less than $5.00 1/2" female threaded steel base- $2.79 (screwed to middle of base) (I don't know the scientific plumbing word for this piece) 48" x1/2" male threaded steel pipe $6.79 (Different sizes can be used for different heights) Wrapped some electrical tape around top part of pipe, light clamps nicely to pipe. Some gaffers tape can be used to further secure light to pole if needed. And an extension cord will be handy. So there ya go- a very basic portrait light* and stand for about $30. I'll be trying my first portraits this weekend. *Disclaimer- I only shoot B & W, I'm assuming the color temperature will make for some challenges with color film.