remote lighting setup for product shots? Under $1k??

Started Aug 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: remote lighting setup for product shots? Under $1k??
In reply to keqwow, Aug 12, 2012

I would think that you would prefer studio strobes over hot-shoe flash units because they have modeling lights to show you the lighting before you press the shutter. Even 300Ws strobes have about 3 to 4 times the power of a hot-shoe flash, giving you more options on what aperture you use. 300Ws strobes can allow the use of f/8 or even f/11 when used with softboxes up to 3'x5' at ISO 100-200, giving you good depth of field.

I went through the painful and expensive experience of buying low quality studio strobes the first time before finally buying quality ones because I didn't know any better at the time. I wrote up an equipment guide for a small portrait/glamor studio to help others avoid the mistakes I made. The equipment would be just as appropriate for product photography as for portraits or glamor. Here is the link.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3655790149/equipment-guide-for-setting-up-a-small-home-portraitglamor-studio

If you live in the US I suggest you look carefully at AlineBees B800 studio strobes from Paul C. Buff as your first choice. The strobes and accessories from Paul C. Buff are of excellent quality and PCB has the best reputation in the business for customer care. You should be able to purchase 3 strobes and a couple of modifiers for about $1k.

http://www.paulcbuff.com/

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