Lighting questions - advice wanted :)
April 7, 2009
I have a couple of lighting questions for you all that I was hoping maybe you all could give me some advice on.
1.) I have noticed many photos here of old books that are photographed in low light, such as this photo
or this photo.
I think that it looks really neat because it looks like the photo was taken by candlelight. However, when I try to make a photo that looks like this in low light, I either get a lot of noise, or my camera doesn't focus, or I run into camera shake.
Do you have any tips for how to make a photo like this?
2.) I also am having difficulty lighting my photos of isolated objects. I have been taking photos of objects against a white background outdoors in sunlight - because of LittleDesire's kind suggestion :) -
(such as this photo
or this photo.)
But lately, I have been trying to take isolated photos indoors (sometimes due to cloudy weather or sometimes due to the items I am photographing) and even when I try to find the brightest lamps around to use with my little Gorillapod tripod, the images are refused due to poor optical performance.
So I just was wondering if you had any suggestions on what lights to purchase. I would like to get some inexpensive lights if possible, but I am also concerned about safety issues with the lights after reading Karenkh's blog article about the lights exploding. :)
If you have any tips on wattage or brands of lights to look for, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks for reading my blog!