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Oakleigh Photography
4th November 2009, 01:41 PM
What would folk recommend for lighting up a box to take a still picture. I have an all white box which is 470mm x 470mm and wish to take some pictures using it. The current lighting is insufficient. Is it beneficial to use flash and if so how powerful should it be

Thanks
in advance

John

Graham_of_Rainham
4th November 2009, 01:54 PM
The huge advantage of continious lighting is obviously that you can see the effect of changing the positions, introducing light modifiers and everything else. Flash has to be "Dialed-In" to get the effects you want and takes a lot longer to produce results.

Daylight Lo-energy bulbs work very well and can also be used for film. If you are only ever going to use Digital then you can adjust WB to get the colours very close to the way they need to be.

If the items are in a light tent then long exposures are not that much of a problem so you don't really need much more than 150W (equivalent) in total to get a good level of illumination.

Please post the results of what you end up with (setup and shot)

*chr