I want to try and do shoot some shots with decent lighting. I also remember briefly reading a post here that someone came up with an idea to use light sources available from Home Depot.
Can anyone give a beginner a hand with setting up a 3 head lighting studio/empty room?
I want to try and shoot product shots. Bottles, boxes etc... Keeping them evenly exposed with no shadows.
Any tips and hints would be appreciated!
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#1. "RE: Help with lighting..." | In response to Reply # 0lightcatcher Registered since 02nd Aug 2002Fri 02-Aug-02 11:11 PM
Product lighting can be tricky. There are many types of products and you need to keep things in mind for each. For example, any product with a shiny surface will affect the lighting significantly. Pros use "softboxes" many times. You can set up a flash unit behind a sheet or thin white fabric. Experiment.
I've learned a lot from books on commercial photography or specifically about on lighting. Natural light can be great for products, too. Put something on a table near a sunlit window, and watch the lighting change through the day.
Different kinds of light affect film in different ways. Tungsten lighting (ordinary bulbs)can be effective sometimes, because it's "warm". Bright hot quartz lights, such as those used in construction, provide a lot of light and can work, but be warned, they are very hot and can be dangerous. It's hard to control, too.
Look into small electronic flash units up to a few hundred watt seconds and use white "shoot through" umbrellas with them. That's a good place to start. That type of light can be used for many kinds of portraiture, too.