Ideas on lighting a piano for photos?

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  1. dott99

    dott99 TPF Noob!

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    We have a showroom of pianos and I'm looking to give our photos a really nice look. I'm looking for advice for what type of lighting might bring great results. You can view our inventory at the following link: Steinway Grand Pianos for Sale

    Some people have mentioned to use light modifiers like umbrellas or softboxes and the Speedlite 430 EX II or 580 EX II. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Village Idiot

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    What's your budget and what equipment do you have? I could easily spend $3k on the basics needed for a project of that size.
     
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    it might be more cost ffective to hire some them to buy all the equipment an learn photography.
     
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    I'd also suggest you get in a pro, the ones on your site are terrible, they may as well have been of one piano, get a pro and tell him/her to be creative with lighting and angles. H
     
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    When Flash Harry said they were terrible, I thought to myself that they could not be that bad. The first one I saw had so much digital noise I cringed. The second one I saw looked like it was taken with a simple point and shoot camera and the flash just blasted the piano rendering 30% of that picture utterly useless.

    After seeing that... I think that Flash Harry was being kind when he said they were terrible.

    You do have two choices as I see it:

    - You can easily spend a month or two learning the basics of photographing pianos and spending several thousand on proper equipment

    - You could hire a professional to do it right for a large savings in time and money.

    In a business such as yours, time is money. Get a competent professional to do the work for you is what I would suggest.
     
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    Not to be a constant skeptic, but I would wager this is a post to build a link to his site more than it is to ask a piano question. The entire site is poorly designed/amateur so I doubt he's really concerned about the quality of the piano photos.
     
  7. JerryPH

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    I am not sure how many pianos he is going to sell in Canada, but his site pictures are quite poor and would likely cause no increase in sales. He *really* does need help with those pics... they are awful and are more likely to push people away from his site than help sales. Any reasonably smart business person would know and see this and he is asking for help in a photography forum.

    I don't think it is a scam to get people to visit his site. It would be a pretty dumb way to do things... especially on an international site such as one like this. A photography forum has nothing to do with piano sales and would not help out in that manner at all.
     
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    This is definitely not a way to get links to our website. (I do not think google looks to highly on links from forums anyway)

    I'm really looking for advice and help because I know very well that our images are poor and I'm looking for the best possible option. I just thought that most of the time the pianos will be in the same position so once I get the equipment and the right angles, I could repete that for each piano. I'm willing to pay several thousand to get set up, etc. Anyway, I really appreciate all of the ideas mentioned. Thanks again.
     
  9. JerryPH

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    Before spending money, start the information going... that is way more important than how much you can spend. Visit Strobist and work your way through Lighting 101 and 102.

    Although they specialize on battery powered flashes, the same concepts/techiques/ideas can apply to 110-220 volt studio strobes.
     
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    JerryPH - Thanks so much for that link...I just read through a little of it and it seems to have a TON of helpful information on lighting. Thanks alot! Really appreciate it.
     
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    Too bad that he passed away at a younger age, he was one of the few that shared a lot during those days.
     
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