Mini Studio

Discussion in 'Lighting Forum' started by jfoco, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. jfoco

    jfoco Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dec 27, 2010
    Colorado
    Just looking for recommendations on a small setup for taking product shots. I've seen people drap a simple piece of white cloth as a backdrop and call it good. What else have you folks seen?


    Thanks,

    J
     
  2. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    How big is the product? Generally a paper roll and two lights is plenty for small/medium subjects. Especially if they are to be deep etched anyway. For really small subjects natural light and a couple of white cards can do the trick. Other clients are going to want environmental shots or exact colour matching, which will require more stuff.

    My portable product kit consists of a self supporting light tent, several paper rolls and three speedlights with stands and small softboxes, controlled wirelessly. Plus an assortment of white and black card, tape, fishing line, blu-tac, Velcro, tape.

    Gordon
     
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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

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  4. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    I've used a folding light cube with color matched CFLs mounted in cheap worklamps to good effect. The light cube helps diffuse the light and control reflections. Three lights and a tripod for the camera is all you need.
     
  5. jfoco

    jfoco Mu-43 Rookie

    19
    Dec 27, 2010
    Colorado
    Thanks, this was exactly what I was looking for. The products won't be that big. I think the key for me was the lighting. Ill have to check out those torch lights!

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
     
  6. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    652
    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    I got one of these:
    Ex-Pro Product Photo Soft Box Cube studio set - 15" x: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    It includes the lights so you are good to go.
    It all folds up into an almost flat case, including lights, which is handy.
    Even the stand is usable.

    Most of it feels a little cut price but it does what I want from it.

    I shoot from overhead. I generally prefer a plain cotton background, which I have via an old duvet cover. A lint free white cloth looks nice too.

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    (light held overhead hence shadow)

    I prefer natural light, but often there isn't the right light available.
     
  7. Brianetta

    Brianetta Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2010
    North East England
    Brian Ronald
    eBay Photo Studio Kit Free Delivery : Camera Accessories : Maplin
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    I bought one of these for a friend. The lights are hot, but the entire thing's really effective, and folds down into a square with a carry handle, lights and stand included. I managed to get it when it was on a half price offer, but I'd still consider it at full price. It's sturdy and well-built, and the lights feel heavy and expensive. The blue backdrop is reversable; on the other side is a light, neutral grey surface.
     
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  8. greyelm

    greyelm Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2010
    London
    Malcolm
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  9. Brianetta

    Brianetta Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Sep 5, 2010
    North East England
    Brian Ronald
    It was on the shelf in Maplin, next to the one I suggested. It folds completely flat, without having pockets for the lamps, and needless to say is much lighter. If you do have the lights already, I'd go with greyelm's recommendation.
     
  10. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    652
    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    That Maplin one (with the lights) is the same as mine.

    The lights do get hot which I don't really find a problem, but you can replace the bulbs with ones that apparently run much cooler.
     
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  11. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    For my 'product shots' I use an old chair and just velcro different backgrounds to its back.

    I use a Nissin Di-466 flash in slave mode as a light source and shoot through a large white umbrella.

    It allows me to get results like this:

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    (Quite obviously, I could spend some time with a dust blower before making the first shot...)

    I'm thinking about adding the second flash (probably something cheap and cheerful like Yongnuo YN-460 Mk II). Right now I use a large silver reflector to soften shadows.
     
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  12. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    652
    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    It's amazing how you think you've cleaned it well, but then you find when the shot is viewed the number of specks there are.
    Spot correction continues to impress me.