Product photography lighting.

Discussion in 'Commercial/Product photography' started by anldyxp_gd3, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. anldyxp_gd3

    anldyxp_gd3 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Socal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hi guys, I had a question about lighting. To the mods, sorry if this is not the correct section to post this, im still a noob here. So I'm just getting into product photography and experimenting with lighting. I wanted to know what are the advantages of continuous lighting over strobes, and vise versa. My friend tells me not to get continous lighting because it sucks and to stick with strobes, but why does it suck? I would think continuous lighting would be easier to work with since you can immediately see how the light will look on the subject. Instead of firing test shots from strobes and adjusting the power output accordingly. Can someone shed some light on this for me? Thanks for your time!:mrgreen:

    *(i'm currently shooting product with tungsten lamps in the studio at school, but I do use SB-600s outside of school.)
     
  2. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    35,456
    Likes Received:
    12,795
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Continuous lighting is affordable at the entry level; there are some VERY costly high-end continuous systems. Continuous lighting is often called HOT lighting, and for a good reason; it's hot,and can cause fires, burns,and sweaty models, as well as melting/wilting of delicate subjects like flowers, ice cream,frosting,icings, puddings, various desserts,etc.

    Continuous lighting in its cheapest form has very little control over output,and the absolute power of hot lighting is rather low compared with even a medium-sized power pack or monolight. Most better power pack and head systems and virtually all monolight systems allow incremental power adjustment with a reasonable (i.e. acceptable) amount of color temperature variation.

    Hot lighting is "on" all the time you are using it. Studio flash modeling lights are on as long as you want them on, and are lower-powered than most hot lights. Hot lighting costs a LOT of money if you need a lot of light output and reasonable exposure times for when you have a person in a photo,and you have to worry about camera movement when shooting with hot lights; strobes will freeze camera movement, and subject movement. Strobes balance reasonably well with daylight without a lot of filtration of outside light sources,making strobes easier to mix with natural light without the nee to gel every window, or convert the tungsten to daylight when mixing your lights with natural light.
     
  3. anldyxp_gd3

    anldyxp_gd3 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Socal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    i see i see. Thank you for your help! Yes i was told that models hate "hot lights" so i guess it does depend what you are shooting. Yes certain types of continuous lighting seemed to be alot cheaper than buying another SB-600. But i think i will stick to my small strobes. Thanks again!
     
  4. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,450
    Likes Received:
    531
    Location:
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    There is contemporary alternative to "hot" lights and that is continuous fluorescent bulbs.

    I used them for over a year before purchasing studio strobes and don't hesitate to recommend them as an affordable option.

    Photography Studio Equipment by Alzo Digital

    The bulbs are 5500k and you shoot in aperture mode.

    Cheers, Don
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
alternative lights for product shots
,
best lighting for product photography
,
continuous v strobe lights for product photography
,
hot lights for product photography
,
nikon d90 producct photos
,

nikon d90 product photography

,
nikon d90 product photography light
,
nikon d90 product photos
,
product photography with hot lights
,
product photography with nikon d90