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Studio lighting for beginners

I read over time many threads regarding studio lights.... Many beginners in stock photography wonder what kind of lights others contributors use? some photographers use expensive lights and big studious other makeshift studios in the corner of their room. Not many contributors are willing to invest large sums of money in lights from the from the beginning....

I want to tell you about my low budget around $290 light setup that i obtained good results:

2x Excella 80w flashes with tripod attachments

2x low cost 1.9m tripods

2x white umbrellas (one 108 cm and one 80 cm)

1x 35/35 Excella cm softbox

1x wireless camera transmitter and two receivers.

1x homemade white paper stage (around 1.5/1 m).

Course i use this setup only for objects shoots and in my opinion whit very good results.

What i trying to say is for a very low budget beginner a $250 -300 flashes kit is is enough to generate competitive photos for microstock industry.

Some examples:

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June 27, 2011

Yelo34

Thanks very useful tips.

June 16, 2011

Editor77

Yep mirror are also good, but not only the mirror's :D

June 14, 2011

Nicku

Yes, Lcro77 2 strobes aren't enough for large objects.... but the large majority of my objects photos are small objects.... using a mirror i duplicate very easy the 3th or 4th light source...

June 14, 2011

Editor77

"the flower was somehow suspended over the background" nice one .... there are other techniques for suspended.....and very few persons show their setup light on work....

2 strobes i can't consider enough unless they have enough power more than 100W or 150W.

Everyone of your excella flash could produce hard shadow in right or left of the subject depends how are they positioned. One light must come in front of the subject. Light over the subject is important too. And reflection mirror sometimes ... and other stuff. So u need 3 flashes one for background i consider and two for light from different angles.

Post processing the image in PS at contrast and brightness could damage your colors channel.

And softbox are more useful than the umbrellas for their capability to cover a big area of light and they can produce soft shadows than umbrellas.

For minimal setup is important to have 3 lights in my opinion 2 for different angle and one for the background. If u have 4, one u can use for lighting in front of the subject.

Important too are grid system in front of light and other stuff.

June 13, 2011

Nicku

@Henrymm for the yellow flower i used one flash (without umbrella or softbox) to illuminate the background and one to illuminate the flower. the flower was somehow suspended over the background. course i edited the photo brightness and contrast to get the perfect white.

P.S. I'm glad that this blog is useful... all the best
Nicku.

June 13, 2011

Hamik

I dont use studio lights,only the light from my room and a sb 600 flash.All my isolated objects and people are made that way and i guess is working good enough.That not means i dont want to make a studio with light and all that is necessarly for this business.

Hi, Could I ask you, how do you make an isolation with one SB flash ? I have D90 and one SB700 flash, and I can´t found right technique to make an white isolation... I had still hard shadow or I had hard work in photo editor with some shoots...

June 12, 2011

Miele

This is very useful, thank you

June 12, 2011

Miele

This is very useful, thank you

June 12, 2011

Haslinda

Thanks for sharing, Nicku. Studio work is something I would like to explore in the future. Thanks also for everyone for adding on with more tips. Those tips come in handy. :)

June 12, 2011

Silent47

I dont use studio lights,only the light from my room and a sb 600 flash.All my isolated objects and people are made that way and i guess is working good enough.That not means i dont want to make a studio with light and all that is necessarly for this business.

June 12, 2011

Syamin

Very useful... i would like to know further when do you use white umbrella and when to use softbox? Thanks Nicku..

June 11, 2011

Henrymm

Hello Nicku,
May I ask you how did you get your background absolutely white?
I used my study lamp, which is white in color but the background is not as white as yours (Yellow flowers).
Do I need a bigger Wattage to get the white background.
Thank you in advance. Cheers. :)

June 11, 2011

Mariaam

It´s very nice to share this! Very nice photos Nicku!

June 10, 2011

Thaerjoseph

Thank you!, i will try the same what you have on the list.

June 10, 2011

Karenfoleyphotography

Very useful, thank you

June 10, 2011

Nikmd

Thankyou for sharing!!!!

June 10, 2011

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing this great info.

June 10, 2011

FabioConcetta

Interesting blog, I mainly use the flash bulb to some small still life!

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