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studio photography help
show user profile  zeefusion

As I know some of you here are great photographers, I am need of some advice on how to set up a studio for specific objects. For example, I am sure there are different light types, positions, colours that are used for furniture and others for organic things such as people.

I have limited Knowledge on this and I would like to understand it more. I know I can surf the internet but I simply just need direct advice, a quick crash course really I am not looking to become an expert in it. Just need some rough guidance about what is used and why. I read about flash lights, light tents etc. and I would like to know more :)

If some of you do have some great resources to read then please suggest them. I am willing to pay for the advice, depending on what and how its delivered.

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12/6/2011 11:06:10 AM (last edit: 12/6/2011 11:06:10 AM)
show user profile  dd
here is one for starters, i shall have a look for the others soon

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12/6/2011 11:19:29 AM (last edit: 12/6/2011 11:19:29 AM)
show user profile  dd
tbis isnt photography as such but worth keeping in mind for lighting

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12/6/2011 11:20:30 AM (last edit: 12/6/2011 11:20:30 AM)
show user profile  zeefusion
Thanks I will give them a read :)
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12/6/2011 11:26:51 AM (last edit: 12/6/2011 11:26:51 AM)
show user profile  Bobbyboy
Here are a couple of links
- great site with lots of ideas on how to do things on the cheap
- lots of behind the scenes videos
- more of a portrait site, but go through the 101 training series and it will get you up to speed on all the equipment and technical aspects of lighting

Personally I do pretty much all of my product shots on a bench top studio, just a piece of paper usually pegged to a box of nappies to hold it up. I use yuonguo 560ex speed lights (I have others as well, but these are the best for price) which are around 90 a pop and every bit as good as the top of the range canon 580ex speed lights provided you are using them in manual mode.

A nice softbox is important for this kind of studio shots, but still all I ever use is an umbrella, and I regret not having a soft box sometimes but I get by, and if you really need it maybe you can make it, just go to that first link.

Biggest thing to remember with reflective objects is it isn't the light but the reflections that make the difference, so you want big visible light sources in the right spots to catch the reflections.

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12/8/2011 1:32:17 AM (last edit: 12/8/2011 1:32:17 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2

nicely explained and I transferred some of the setups on visualart into vray setups

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12/8/2011 5:30:36 AM (last edit: 12/8/2011 5:30:36 AM)
show user profile  zeefusion
Awesome, thanks again!
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12/8/2011 9:46:33 AM (last edit: 12/8/2011 9:46:33 AM)
show user profile  soontekk
interesting links everyone
i didn't know the one you posted dd, thx

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12/8/2011 1:42:55 PM (last edit: 12/8/2011 1:42:55 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
I have been reading up on softboxes and I understand how they work but I have seen many variations. in these links for ones such as strobe, continuous.

Then there is light dome, multi dome, octo dome, half dome, white dome, movie dome, cine dome. I cant seem to find any info on the differences and what would be used for certain set ups.
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1/11/2012 5:38:38 PM (last edit: 1/11/2012 5:38:38 PM)
show user profile  nm8r
Think of a window with natural light coming in from it. There's only so much you can control with a window but if it was a softbox, you can choose the shape, size, direction, quantity and quality of the light. All those are the variables that come with those different shapes and sizes.

In general the size of the softbox would relate to the size of the subject you were taking. Portraits (head shots) and products for example would use a smaller softbox as opposed to say - cars or full body portraits. Another point regarding size would have to do with the how sharp or diffused you shadows would be. The larger the softbox, the more diffused it gets. In nature, it would be akin to the difference between diffused sunlight vs a cloudy day.
Shapes for softboxes also affect the shape of the catch lights you would see reflected on products or your subject's eyes.

If you're starting out, a shoot through umbrella would be a good option.

I like the more contrasty look of a beauty dish though.
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1/11/2012 6:18:03 PM (last edit: 1/12/2012 7:51:24 AM)
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