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Old 11-22-2011   #21
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There are lots of product lighting tips in these free video clips...

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that's good . how about manual flashes (such as yongnuo flashes). Are they good? i cannot
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that's good . how about manual flashes (such as yongnuo flashes). Are they good? i cannot
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I have never tried them. No idea. Keep us updated how they worked out for you.
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I have a YN 460-II. It is functional, but very cheaply built, and not nearly as nice to use as, say, an old SB-28 I picked up used for just a little more money.
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I would sincerely suggest before getting anything that you invest in a copy of the book "Light, Science & Magic". This will explain lighting techniques for shooting the major different types of materials you could encounter in shooting products. It all goes back to the basics and painting with light. You can try quick and dirty but that's generally the results you end up with.

You say table top, that could be anything from glassware, metal objects, figurines, etc. and they all take different lighting styles and equipment to make effective images usable for the client.

You are just not giving us enough information to work with here.
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I have shot things from spark plugs to the entire car. Each required different lighting equipment. Whereas I could shoot the spark plug with a small light source, the car, as I shot it, needed a custom built 20 foot light bank with about 4 high powered strobes inside!

Saying what the minimum is cannot be answered. I just picked up a book an food photography where the photographer shoots mostly window light. Maybe a reflector or diffuser sometimes. That's pretty minimum. But it doesn't mean that will work for all assignments. Like shooting the car I mentioned before.

However, you could get a great car shot with just the setting sun and a nice horizon line reflected into the body of the car.

It depends on what you plan on shooting and "how" you plan on lighting it.
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I have shot some product pics for my company, All I used was a white poster board, vellum paper used as diffuser and two 100W clamp lamp ($5 at Lowes and two energy efficient light bulbs), clamped to the side of the table, Canon 430 EXII Flash pointed up.

here are some shots I ended up with. I believe it pretty much doesn't get more minimum then this lol
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I have shot some product pics for my company, All I used was a white poster board, vellum paper used as diffuser and two 100W clamp lamp ($5 at Lowes and two energy efficient light bulbs), clamped to the side of the table, Canon 430 EXII Flash pointed up.

here are some shots I ended up with. I believe it pretty much doesn't get more minimum then this lol
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Very nice!
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Very nice!
Thanks! If you don't want to invest softboxes you should try vellum paper (tracing paper can be found at office depot).


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