Lighting 101 from the Strobist and Table Top Studio
If you have ever tried to shoot anything you have to light, we have two tips that just might save you some grief. Check out the Strobist -- it's a fantastic blog about lighting. Go to the Lighting 101 section to get a step-by-step education. He's got great advice on how to light, what gear you need (and don't need) and the blog regularly analyzes shots you see in ads and such and tells you how they were lit. Pretty cool. This lighting mostly applies to those trying to shoot still-life, portraits and interiors, but the more you understand about light in general, the better photographer you'll become.
So let's say you've got a night job hawking wares on eBay. And you can't get a nice picture of that ruby brooch to save your life, let alone get a bid that covers shipping. Or maybe you make things -- jewelry, beads, invitations -- and want to photograph your work for your portfolio. Well, saunter over to Table Top Studio! There's a ton of lighting advice and a bunch of lighting kits you can purchase for various studio shot needs -- they're affordable, portable and contain everything you need from lights and acrylic stands to soft box tents and wires. You can get some of their products, also found under the EZ-Cube name at Amazon -- sometimes you get a better deal there, it depends what you're buying.
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Posted by Susan Moriarty at March 19, 2008 9:37 AM