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This is the space for questions, answers, and suggestions for lighting.

Posted at 1:56 am Feb 7, 2011 EST

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Mclovebuddy says
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Never use flash and make your light sourse as soft as possible.
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The DIY Diffusers and Reflectors - for Large or Small Objects

www.graphic-design.com/photographic/studio/diffusion.html

Posted at 1:58 am Feb 7, 2011 EST

Mclovebuddy says
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Daylight Balanced Bulbs (regular Incandescent):

-75 Watt Chromalux Daylight Light Bulb, $8
www.amazon.com/Chromalux-Full-Spectrum-Daylight-Light/dp/B001CS47U8...

-50/100/150 Watt Sylvania Daylight Balanced Bulbs, $4.95
www.bulbman.com/index.php?main_page=product_bulb_info&cPath=3874_42...

Posted at 5:14 pm Feb 9, 2011 EST

Mclovebuddy says
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Daylight Balanced Bulbs (Fluorescent) :

-x45 Watt Alzo Photo CFL 5500K 91 CRI,$49.95 pack of 4
www.amazon.com/ALZO-Digital-Full-Spectrum-Light/dp/B00198U6U6/ref=s...

-30 Watt Trumpet Top Bulb, $14.95 store.tabletopstudio-store.com/spiral.html

-55 Watt Trumpet Top, $29.95
store.tabletopstudio-store.com/55watrtopbu.html

-14 Watt Spiral Top, $9.95
store.tabletopstudio-store.com/13wasptop.html

with fluorescent, i'd buy from photo specialty outfits. you might not get the same result w/ a fluor. daylight balanced from a regular store. LOOK FOR "FULL SPECTRUM".

Posted at 5:15 pm Feb 9, 2011 EST

Mclovebuddy says
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@nakpunar - you could set up a grey card. you'd put it right in front of the item you're photographing to get the lighting adjustment and the focus.

make sure it's at the same focus depth as the item being photographed.

www.amazon.com/Opteka-Premium-Reference-Quick-Release-Photography/d...

also, you should check your lights (daylight balanced offers full spectrum - i have the links in some posts before this one). colors can be difficult to capture, like purple since it confuses the meter, esp. in macro shots, since it takes up the whole frame. the camera doesn't really have reference point.

Posted at 2:48 pm Feb 10, 2011 EST

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Mclovebuddy says
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Never use flash and make your light sourse as soft as possible.
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The DIY Diffusers and Reflectors - for Large or Small Objects

www.graphic-design.com/photographic/studio/diffusion.html

Posted at 1:58 am Feb 7, 2011 EST

In reference to background discoloration:

Loot: I think my biggest problem is light temperature - trying to shoot the glass on a white background, the white background seems to have a funny discoloration under my lights.

McLove: do you use daylight balanced bulbs? they have the blue tinge to them. home depot and lighting stores stocks them.

a lot of digital cameras are preset to daylight balance. it's a hold over from color film camera, a lot of which was for daylight. you could get special film for tungsten, but that's a specialty in film, too.

anyway, long story short. you can get daylight balanced bulbs to correct that. i don't know what brand digital you have, but many have multiple lighting settings for outside (daylight balanced) or inside (incandescent bulbs, which are the regular bulbs we see).

Posted at 3:41 pm Feb 9, 2011 EST

repost: this is a good link on the color temperature of light and how it applies to photography. check it out, again:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_temperature

Posted at 5:14 pm Feb 9, 2011 EST

Mclovebuddy says
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Daylight Balanced Bulbs (regular Incandescent):

-75 Watt Chromalux Daylight Light Bulb, $8
www.amazon.com/Chromalux-Full-Spectrum-Daylight-Light/dp/B001CS47U8...

-50/100/150 Watt Sylvania Daylight Balanced Bulbs, $4.95
www.bulbman.com/index.php?main_page=product_bulb_info&cPath=3874_42...

Posted at 5:14 pm Feb 9, 2011 EST

Mclovebuddy says
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Daylight Balanced Bulbs (Fluorescent) :

-x45 Watt Alzo Photo CFL 5500K 91 CRI,$49.95 pack of 4
www.amazon.com/ALZO-Digital-Full-Spectrum-Light/dp/B00198U6U6/ref=s...

-30 Watt Trumpet Top Bulb, $14.95 store.tabletopstudio-store.com/spiral.html

-55 Watt Trumpet Top, $29.95
store.tabletopstudio-store.com/55watrtopbu.html

-14 Watt Spiral Top, $9.95
store.tabletopstudio-store.com/13wasptop.html

with fluorescent, i'd buy from photo specialty outfits. you might not get the same result w/ a fluor. daylight balanced from a regular store. LOOK FOR "FULL SPECTRUM".

Posted at 5:15 pm Feb 9, 2011 EST

NAKPUNAR says

I have hard time to take pictures for red and purple shades. Do you have any tip?

Posted at 10:24 am Feb 10, 2011 EST

I found this post on getting studio quality lighting for little cost by a proffesional studio photographer through twitter the other day,it is just brilliant;

www.handmadeology.com/studio-quality-product-photography-with-a-12-...

i took this with her method,very happy with it;

www.flickr.com/photos/witchling/5415580427/

Posted at 12:02 pm Feb 10, 2011 EST

awesome! thanks for the post. feel free to add more. i'm in the process of setting up the rest of the sections. :)

Posted at 1:08 pm Feb 10, 2011 EST

That's a great idea - thanks for the post GezunteMoid!

Posted at 1:56 pm Feb 10, 2011 EST

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