Preparing for winter

posted on 21st of october, 2011

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!

Comments (23)

Posted by Llareggub on October 24, 2011
Thanks Snamfoto, I really like this image too, one of my favourites looks really simple but the lighting took me a while to work out :)
Posted by Lobe on October 23, 2011
I very much liked the first photo !
Posted by Llareggub on October 22, 2011
Thank you all for the kind words :D
Posted by Mariaam on October 21, 2011
Wow! Amazing pics!
Posted by Ilposeidone on October 21, 2011
the food get warm... that's always the biggest problem with food shots...have a nice winter!
Posted by Laurasinelle on October 21, 2011
Great images! Good luck!
Posted by Halilin on October 21, 2011
Posted by Ewapix on October 21, 2011
Thanks, really thanks! Ewapix
Posted by Yuritz on October 21, 2011
Nice picture and great buy,I'm looking for a studio set or something not too expensive as well! :)
Posted by Llareggub on October 21, 2011
@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!
Posted by smartview27 on October 21, 2011
Great photos !
Posted by Nero67 on October 21, 2011
Beautiful images!!!
Posted by Egomezta on October 21, 2011
Let's all prepare for winter, you have great images.
Posted by Ewapix on October 21, 2011
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
Posted by Llareggub on October 21, 2011
Thanks folks :D

@ 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!
Posted by M4rio1979 on October 21, 2011
great images!!!
Posted by Pondshots on October 21, 2011
Very nice. Looks like it will be worth the investment!
Posted by Ewapix on October 21, 2011
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
Posted by Petin on October 21, 2011
Nice pictures!
Posted by Davidwatmough on October 21, 2011
Very helpful suggestion....... will try your idea. David.
Posted by FabioConcetta on October 21, 2011
Good buy, and congratulations on the images are really well done!
Posted by Llareggub on October 21, 2011
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 ;)
Posted by Peanutroaster on October 21, 2011
Nice shots! I think my winter plans include buying some gloves. ;-)

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