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I want to start doing more product photography and I don't think my iPhone 11 and simple LED setup is good enough.
What kind of lights should I buy?
Should I buy an expensive DSLR?
or you could try an iphone cam app with manual controls and raw output. use a tripod.
also experiment with different lightsources, learn to control the color temperature, the distance of the light diffusers...
There is a retired photographer on youtube that shares the knowhow, Phillip McCordall.
it's less about the camera you use and more about did you bother to build a lightbox
- most of the lightbox is for boring catalog style photos anyway.pango
- ^ "iphone photographer" alertcherub
- Lightbox like this right? Or you talking about something else?
- that's a lightbox, yes. The whole point of it is to get evenly lit, you don't have to keep the background if you don't want to.cherub
- my first comments. I meant it... lol. but if it's exactly what he's looking for, ya, that's how you do it.pango
is iPhone your only camera?
Don't really need an expensive camera. Although iPhone is not ideal. Not impossible. I would argue people who can shoot product photo on iPhone either has experience and or good collection of lighting equipments.
You can shoot with natural lights to minimize the need for lighting equipments. Just pray with the weather god in advance.
All depends on how you want the image to look like and how you going to light it.
Any example photo close to what you want the photo to look like?
To shoot our architectural models we made a totally scuffed lightbox with four pieces of mounting card gaffer taped together, a bit of A1 plotter paper for the backdrop, and a cannibalised lighting rig made from a flash softbox with a desklamp hanging out the back.
I used my A6000 with a cheap arse 35mm lens. Shots turned out fine after some post work in Lr, although for the next round I'll hassle someone to buy a couple of LED lights. Our office has windows on all sides, so finding a space where we can control the light is near impossible. I take the staff photos in the cloakroom next to the bogs because it is literally the only place that doesn't get hit by sunlight.
- I did some like that in my kitchen, but it was a masking tape extravaganza, I don't often have to do it but the one Utopian posted looks way easier.PhanLo
- It was fun, we just smashed it all together from shit lying about the office and our model room. I'm going to engineer a new one that can be dismantled.face_melter
Not that you have to do it this way, but I think it solves some problem mentioned.
If you can't find a corner where the sunlight doesn't shine or reflect on, you can consider using a strobe. Cheap ones are way stronger than cheap LED and most house light and shade. By over powering them enough, they become irrelevant. But Still gotta avoid direct sunlight.
To be specific, you want to over power all the other lights twice over to completely eliminate light contamination.
This site/ blog has a lot of resources and how to.
Not knowing what exactly what you want to shoot it's hard to point you to the right page.