In preparation for the long cold winter months I have been on a bit of a spending spree to helo me produce new content over winter and my first purchase was a light cube, I had been using an array of stuff to get a studio type shot. Including glasses, clothes pegs bits of paper and the top of a fridge freezer to get some shots against a white back ground.
I wanted to be able to have a little more control and something a little more sturdy so that I could work on some different idea but I was was spending so much time setting things up and I was still struggling to get the shot. So I gbought a cheap 60cm collapsable light cube from Amazon and thought I would give it a try. The thing is not perfect but it is light years better than what I was using before and this was the first shot I got out of it and to be honest I had tried this photograph numerous times before but could not get it right.
Winter for me is a time for relaxing and eating and enjoying the fruits of my labour! I consider myself to be a good cook creating tasty food from around the world but it invariably aint all that pretty to look at so I am planning on trying to do lots of food shots just to justify the amount I plan on eating ;) I am sure my wife will be happy that I will be playing in the kitchen a lot but not necessarily happy that her food may be luke warm by the time I have finished taking photographs ;)
All in all I am really happy with what I have been able to produce from my light tent so far, I still need to work a little on lighting to reduce the PP that comes out of it afterwards particularly with white on white which is a monster challenge. But for 25GBP I cannot not complain and have a feeling that this is one investment that will pay for itself really rather quickly!
@Ewapix, Duck eggs are an absolute delight, so much richer than chicken eggs but they are expensive I believe but our duck has been giving us and egg avery day for the last months, they make amazing Pasta ;)
You seem to have some consisentt backgrounds if not white so you should be able to change them in PP. But I got my entire lighting setup for about 100GBP, 160USD. None of them are Ettl or Ittl so they are all manual but with a little effort they work a treat, old 2nd hand manual flashes are grat if you use a trigger to fire them rather than stick them on our camera as some of them have a high trigger voltage and can fry your body apparently!
Thanks! You see, I don't have any lights at all and only use windowsill or shadow side of my garden and it is hugely frustrating! White comes blue or grey - most of the time. If I concentrate hard I can get it right - you can see and judge for yourselves in my portfolio :-) but it is very time consuming, all the trial and error thing. But you know, I had enough and am so glad for your advice because of course, budget is an issue :-) Thanks again! Never tried a duck egg - is it better than chicken's? They sell them in supermarkets and local markets in here now - is it worth trying? Ewapix
@ Ewa Pix, it is actually a duck egg laid by one of our ducks, my gran used to refer to it a chucky egg and soldiers when I was a kid and was my favourite breakfast!!!!
I use two flashes an old Vivitar 285HV and a new Yongnuo 460II, I do this on a budget so no fancy kit around here. Yongnuo fires as a slave and the 285HV fires with a remote cactus V2 trigger, still not happ with my whites yet but found a cool DVD that I am going to watch to get a little better at the white on white thing!
They are great photos, the white behind the egg and a toasted soldier is very white indeed! mmmm... egg and toastes soldier... :-) very popular in my family :-) Sorry, I am easily distracted by food! May I please ask what light (studio light? flash?) do you use? Ewapix
lol, it is not unusual for us to see temperatures dwon at 20 below here so I already have a full compliment of gloves, scarfs, big coats and thermal underwear... Not too mention the fact that I do not go out very often ;)
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