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Light studio

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by gininteacups, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. gininteacups

    gininteacups Member

    Hi all,

    I run a small publishing house that mainly creates travel magazines.

    We previously used a photographer with a studio to do shots of the magazines for our portfolio/social, but he's since closed his studio.

    Some of the quotes I've been getting are pretty expensive so I'm exploring the idea of doing it myself. I've got a good DSLR but I wondered what other equipment you'd recommend?

    The magazines are A4 at biggest, A5 smallest, so we don't need a massive space.

    Previously we got the magazines shot on a grey/neutral background, but I'm thinking about doing something more natural, such as this shot here.

  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Is something like this what you have in mind? If so you need nothing more than a bright day and a shady area to tame the sunlight. Your dSLR and standard zoom should do the job just fine.

  3. gininteacups

    gininteacups Member

    I want to get consistent light across all pictures
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Then you need a studio. It is not my area but for small objects you can get table top light tents which provide a uniform background. They are just like little tents made of a thick gauzy material you light from outside. The light inside is then quite diffuse and uniform. I don't know how big they go e.g. if you want A3 to capture a double page spread. I am assuming you are taking oictures of the magazines not for the magazines.
  5. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    You don't mention a budget but for about £1000 you could go to Calphoto (online)/Calumet retailer and buy:
    Manfrotto - a sturdy tripod & 3-way head
    Manfrotto - cross rail MN 131 DDB (if the tripod centre column does not swing to horizontal)
    Counterweight or sand bag
    Then at Wex Phototographic (online or at Norwich showroom - they will also do the Manfrotto stuff you buy at Calumet if you want one stop shopping)
    Pair of continuous lights plus stands plus softboxes - Interfit F5 kit

    That should provide the consistency you require. HTH.

    If you want a cheaper option, do ask.

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