Studio Lighting Noob

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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 05-24-2015 02:31 PM 1102 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m experimenting and just getting my feet wet with studio photography. Raw MDF is my backdrop for the time being, the lights are second hand but even new they don’t cost very much. The camera is set on auto but I can see for this sort of thing I’m going to have to go manual.

The first set is at night with the umbrella lights and the shed lights. It’s a dramatic effect but the timber gets lost. Most of the other shots are with strong morning light and the umbrella lights.

Over a period of two days different parts of the guitar stand were tapered and finessed. The black stand is the prototype and is just nailed and screwed together.

I can’t decide if this guitar stand is a long lost Shaker design or if it would come from the Ikea custom shop. If such a place existed, the guitar stand might be called Yngwie

Any lighting and photography advise will be most welcome.

A guitar with stand is about the limit of backdrop cover with the 2.4m x 1.2m MDF standing on edge.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#1 posted 05-24-2015 03:49 PM

Great looking chairs. Lovely!
And rather well done images as well. A few comments:
- Consider using a background that is not wood colored to make contrast to the object. I, personaly, like dark grey backdrops for wood. Ordinary matte wall paint is cheap. And so is paper backdrops like for instance this one:
- Make sure to show your work in an enviroment as well. Hire/borrow/build settings that give your stands the class they deserve.
Images 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 need a bit of “fill” from either right or, my favorite, right behind the camera. Only on a low setting (aprox. 1,5 f-stops below main)
- For anything lighting-related this site- and this tutorial is a true gem:

Hope this was usefull?
Let us know how it ends!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 03:03 PM

Love the design and am hoping to see your progression with controlled lighting.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 05-28-2015 02:45 PM

Cheers fellas, glad to hear you like the stand.

Kaerl, thanks for the links and info. I managed to find curtain backing material 2480mm wide, $8 per meter, white only. A KD Frame was bodged up, 2.4m x 2.480mm. It can be used with the table or dropped to the floor for bigger pieces. Getting light behind the drop is a step into a new dimension.

Just for fun.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#4 posted 05-28-2015 06:41 PM

Heyhey now we are talking! Great light on the guitars!
Looking forward to see where this is gonna end…

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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