What one light setup to buy?

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    I only started with photography a few months ago and am doing photos for my cookbook.

    I bought a Nikon D3300 with a Nikkor 1.8G lens.

    Right now I have very good natural light and am pretty pleased with my recent pictures and have uploaded one.

    But winter is coming and the light will be going.

    blue and chives.jpg

    I would like to try the one light setup that's at goo.gl/m2biVJ but he doesn't give any equipment details.

    He's doesn't even suggest equipment.

    If anyone would tell me in some detail, what to buy, based on his post, I'd very much appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Michael


     
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    The light in this shot is quite even, which might not be your favorite for long.

    Get a speedlight and a white "shoot-through" umbrella to see what you could come up with.
     
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    What else is he using that I should buy?

    goo.gl/m2biVJ

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    He is using a softbox, but since they cost more than a small umbrella, that is why I suggested an umbrella. If you've got the money for a softbox, get one that will work with whichever light you intend to use, either rectangular as shown in one shot, or a "brollybox" which is a kind of sofbox built upon the umbrella concept. Either one would give approximately the same results, with some light "spilling" from the ordinary white umbrella.

    Did you notice his reflectors? They are merely white foamcore or something similar, and you can find that stuff at most art supply stores.

    So that's one light (either unmodified or modified) and one or two panels of white cardboard opposite.

    BTW: Did you check the price for the 9 lessons? I did not.
     
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    Thanks.

    How about this for $32 and a stand for a white board?

    goo.gl/ej1n90

    I'm a real newbie at photography.

    Michael
     
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    The item shown is what is called a "brollybox" with a continuous light. (One that does not flash with the shutter). This would be your "key" light, (the main light) and you then get a sheet of white foamcore for the opposite side. You can cut the foamcore in half and make the "corner" reflector as shown in the pictures.

    (edit) I hope you are planning to mount your camera on a tripod. You might need to extend the shutter opening to something like 1/40 second which is too long to hold in your hand.
     
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    I use a tripod and either the cameras timer or a remote switch. I don't know if there is much difference between the two.

    What about this?

    goo.gl/8Z98KJ

    Many thanks for the feedback!
     
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    That is nice, too, but the other one is less expensive. Virtually no difference except for the shape of the light. I doubt if that will make any difference at all in food photography.
     
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    Incidentally, besides lighting, which you are working on now, you should begin to pay more attention as to how you pose your dishes.

    Look at more examples of good food photography to see how they do it. Besides the light, you should consider the background (tablecloth and everything on the table), the other objects (serving utensils, drink containers, etc.).

    Also; your example is cropped very tightly.
     
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    Thanks, I will check shipping costs ..
     
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    Food photography is a minefield.

    I check shutterstock before shooting a picture, but not many there excite me.

    Here is another of mine.

    spicy beef stew-2-2.jpg
     
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