Looking for advice on lighting a small studio set up for a company
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junk_bond
Registered: Oct 27, 2009
Total Posts: 130
Country: United States

Hi All,

I'm looking for some advice and ideas on lighting for a small photo studio at a large corporation to take product photos. Some background:

-We have a small space to use in the building(7'x7' w/9' ceiling)
-The setup will be used by a group of 20-25 people, mostly industrial designers
-It will be used to take product shots of packaging(think 24pack of beer size)
-Most people will not know how to use strobes, meaning we need to stick to LED's, Tungsten, something constant, etc.
-Heat in s small space may not be too fun if the lights get hot
-The final product/image is being used for presentations to customers, etc. (basically being thrown into a power-point presentation)

Any advice on a good lighting setup that would be easy for people to use would be much appreciated. Thanks!



BrianO
Registered: Aug 21, 2008
Total Posts: 8552
Country: United States

When you say "a small space to use" do you mean a 7X7 area in a larger space, or do you mean an enclosed room that's only 7X7? If it's the latter, that's a really small space; you're going to have a hard time getting good shots of beer-case sized packaging considering lens choice, camera angles, etc. If that's all you've got, though, then it is what it is, so...

My suggestion, if it's an enclosed space, is to paint the walls white and use a single continuous-light fixture, probably high bove the subject. It could be used with or without the reflector bowl, and possibly with a lantern-style soft box.

You can use black, gray, and silver (reflector) moveable panels just out of frame to control light ratios; simple card stock or foam core will work fine.

The background can be an "infinity cyclorama" (also called just a "cyc"), ideally built into the corner for maximum camera-to-subject distance.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/600446-REG/MyStudio_MS32CYC_MS32CYC_Seamless_Tabletop_Background.html

You can extend the width and height of the cyc with simple materials, while the pre-fab section will elliminate the tedious construction of the sweep curves.

If you mount the camera on a sturdy tripod so you can use longish shutter speeds without camera shake being an issue, you'll be able to put use a fluorescent light array without the dangers of hot lights but with all the advantages of continuous light: WYSIWYG, simple on/off switches versus variable-power-level setting, and so on.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/500159-REG/Interfit_INT116_Super_Cool_lite_5.html