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Poor man's lighting!

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Message posted at 03/23/2013, 01:38:21 AM by Robinstockphotos
New article posted: Poor man's lighting!
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Message posted at 03/23/2013, 10:37:48 AM by Gmargittai

Nice photos, I like the pen and the piano more than the food, and I can not stop admiring how perfectly exposed they seem to be. Regarding the technique you describe the only problem I see is to figure out how many flash releases you use at what power and very important from what distance. It all has to work out so the sum of the light should be exactly what it needs to be otherwise the image gets either over or under exposed. Camera exposure meter does not help. You are completely on your own. If you nailed it in two tries you are very good or very lucky.

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Message posted at 03/23/2013, 12:17:03 PM by Laurasinelle
Thanks for sharing! Nice pics!
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Message posted at 03/23/2013, 13:12:45 PM by Robinstockphotos
Lack of proper equipment has made me pretty good with this stuff.
Flash power depends on the distance and camera settings. If you use shutter speed of 5s or higher, use high power...or medium power.
I used only the camera's pop up flash! Nothing else. This is really for those who want it perfect with nothing.
White balance causes problems. Be sure you use the flashlight almost everywhere. Otherwise white balance would differ and you'd need zone specific white balance corrections which is difficult.
Can't really tell exact settings, depends on many things.
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Message posted at 03/23/2013, 13:15:32 PM by Robinstockphotos
Use bulb exposure and paint all day. Lol
But it gets hard because the hand moves. Photograph food with bulb exposure. Fun!
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Message posted at 03/24/2013, 05:10:49 AM by Unteroffizier
If you buy some cheap white drawing paper and some hard cardboard, paste the paper over the cardboards as stiffener base, rig up a box with top and front axis open, it might act as a product backdrop for your object photography. Or somply get an umbrella over your subject and angle your speedlight over it. Economical and affordable without breaking the bank.
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Message posted at 03/24/2013, 07:30:29 AM by Robinstockphotos
Yeah, good idea. Except that it won't work for me.
I have a compact camera and cannot get accurate settings and fix a speedlite on my camera. The gear is quite expensive here. I'm enjoying these innovative ways anyway. haha! I take my friend's DSLR once in a while, otherwise I'm fine with my compact camera. It has a great lens (840mm!) even though it is poor quality, but that can be fixed easily anyway.
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Message posted at 03/24/2013, 09:25:56 AM by Yelo34
Very innovative idea. Just the fact that you might have been the first who did this is awesome. Congrats. I am starting to do food shots as a variance to my work and I have found out that they sell fairly well.
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Message posted at 03/24/2013, 10:43:17 AM by Chanevy
Wow! I am impressed. It just goes to show that the equipment does not make the photographer. Beautiful work
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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 04:49:08 AM by Parkinsonsniper
I'm afraid, sooner or later you will find a way to eliminate the camera itself :))) nice and useful blog...
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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 05:11:24 AM by Robinstockphotos
I'll use 3D models. lol
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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 10:33:09 AM by Nananie2
Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea!

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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 13:44:55 PM by Daddiomanottawa
interesting idea. i've played with light painting a bit but never considered using it this way.
my cheap method is a couple or three 100w light bulbs with inexpensive desk lamp reflectors. seems to work for static subjects and you can move the light around to add shadows if you like.
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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 14:17:04 PM by Mudplucker
You're a genius !!!! Why didn't i think of this before i bought 3 softboxes and remote flash units ? You're gonna do very well in this business, and food shots lit like yours actually sell very well in the long run i've noticed from other portfolios !
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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 14:35:32 PM by Mike2focus
Great idea to use this technique for tabletop shoots. I read about this technique last year on the National Geographic site that had an article up about night shots. If you're doing a long exposure for a night shot and want something in the foreground to be lit up, use a spotlight or flashlight to swirl some light around that particular area while your shutter is open.

Thanks for writing this article!
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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 14:51:26 PM by Robinstockphotos
Yeah, that's a good addition. I had not read of it from anywhere yet so thought I'd share. But anyway, people don't really experiment. They would not step out the limits and test it on product shots.

@Mudplucker, this method would not work for portraits. So you lost nothing. I'm no genius. Just using existing methods where they haven't been used. Call it resourceful. :)
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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 22:02:27 PM by Onime
awesome pics :)
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Message posted at 03/25/2013, 22:05:00 PM by Suyerry
Great idea, thanks for sharing. :)
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Message posted at 03/26/2013, 16:27:09 PM by Agaliza
Given my lack of space in my apartment the size of a closet, this is a great suggestion! Thanks for posting! :-)

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Message posted at 04/12/2013, 06:52:26 AM by Sweetdreamsnov
Great Idea, I'm always looking for new ways to create good lighting without purchasing expensive equipment.
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