In my previous post I said I got some work doing product photography for Menter Mon, who give help and advice to small businesses on Anglesey and other parts of North Wales.
I realised I was slightly under equipped for product photography since most of what I’ve done so far is media related or, of course, weddings.
My first purchase was a 120cm light cube (or light tent, not sure what the correct term is).
This is fairly essential for creating even lighting on products that have reflective surfaces, but I’ve only used one a couple of time so it will be fun to have a play around with.
My second purchase was some studio lighting, which required a bit more research.
I went for the very cheap (relatively) Lencarta ElitePro Twin Head Softbox Kit, which is less than half the price of the more established Bowens and Elinchrom brands.
I spent a bit of time reading reviews and forum entries and, as ever with such things, there is a lot of conflicting information – some people saying all brands except for the main ones are crap and others saying the opposite.
In the end it was Lencarta’s website which convinced me to give them a spin, especially the lighting boffins they have discussing their products in their video.
Anyway, I’ll try them out and do a mini-review for other people wondering about which studio lighting to get as a first purchase.
Incidentally, in case you’re wondering, for my wedding photography I use speedlites (Canon’s flashes) which are great, but I haven’t got enough of them for the kind of product photography I’ve been employed to do.