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02/13/2020 11:31:52 AM · #1
My workplace is looking to set up a small-ish product photo studio (images for our web store) for under 500$. There are so many options online from $50-infinity. Anyone help give me guidance on this?
It should be versatile/easy enough an amateur to use because I don't want this to be my sole responsibility ;)
Any recommendations?

Message edited by author 2020-02-13 11:34:51.
02/13/2020 12:24:53 PM · #2
It's really not very complicated. You just need a container with opaque sides, and even lighting all around. You can get fancy by adding special backgrounds, but for most products a plain black or white bg will suffice.

Any of these will do the job. Even the cheaper ones. Which paradoxically are also the easiest to use.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Shooting-Tables/ci/1409/N/4037060765
02/13/2020 02:30:03 PM · #3
Thanks. I have actually been doing product shots for them for years. Since we are a printing company, I just use spare proofing paper rolls as my background. THe lighting has always just been the fluorescents overhead positioned to look decent. Now they want to set up something more permanent since some space freed up. I'll check out those products in the link. Looking to accommodate a pretty wide array of sizes of items.

Message edited by author 2020-02-13 14:30:40.
02/13/2020 03:19:07 PM · #4
Probably not what you are looking for but I've been making my speedlight modifiers out of cardboard boxes, fish boxes and pringles tubes along with greaseproof paper and linen
. Oh, and lots of tape.
02/13/2020 03:46:30 PM · #5
Acrylic sheets are cheap and really useful.
02/13/2020 06:16:10 PM · #6
Originally posted by Ecce_Signum:

Probably not what you are looking for but I've been making my speedlight modifiers out of cardboard boxes, fish boxes and pringles tubes along with greaseproof paper and linen
. Oh, and lots of tape.


I love this.

I'm thinking the shots come out better than buying expensive stuff that's not in the shots anyway!

:D
02/13/2020 07:03:50 PM · #7
I was going to put your name in here as I see you have done some work with the lightings and would help Tate and glad to see your response :)

Originally posted by Ecce_Signum:

Probably not what you are looking for but I've been making my speedlight modifiers out of cardboard boxes, fish boxes and pringles tubes along with greaseproof paper and linen
. Oh, and lots of tape.
02/14/2020 09:05:16 AM · #8
Thanks ' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Lydia and [user]pgirish[/user], I might just post some of my DIY light modifiers soon.

I'm currently trialing DIY stuff but later, if I find something really good will make a better looking version. I'm also using old stuff from my drip shot gear (acrylic has been mentioned and is nice to have).

Black, white and grey backgrounds are always good and if space/money is an issue go for grey as you can easily make it black or white with lighting. I also look at Pinterest a lot for DIY ideas.

Message edited by author 2020-02-14 09:07:28.
02/14/2020 09:41:23 AM · #9
I suggest you google for "tinkertubes" if you are looking for a larger and flexible DIY setup.

I am using a lot of bits and pieces (tubes, angles, connectors) from a DIY store to create frames in different shapes and formats that can be covered with bedsheets (either as background or as large softbox), or with other type of colored material (curtains for example).

I recommend to choose the 40 mm piping with rubber connectors, so you can easily build it and take it apart again and transport it to another location.

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