I'm finally going to take the plunge and learn lighting. I've put it off for months. It is very overwhelming and intimidating.
In order to give me a push, my brother was kind enough to buy me a cheap lightbox kit for Christmas. (see link) I know it's cheap, but I believe to achieve ones goal or greatness, you gotta start at the bottom and work your way up. Besides, if he didn't buy it for me, I'd probably keep putting it off.
Light box kit
I also have the following gear
Flash: 580 EX II
I've taken a few picks, (which I'll post up). Some are ok, others are completely blown out.
I'm mainly going to take pictures of lenses, old cameras, macro work, etc
If anyone has some advice or pointers,(perhaps a few rule of thumbs when using a litebox) I'd really appreciate it. If there is a beginner book, I'll be happy to start ther
Some newbie questions I do have are
1. Can I or should I, be implementing my 580 EX flash on or off the camera? If so, where do I position it?
2. Cheap kit lights. How far away should they be from the tent?
3. Is there a rule of thumb what apeture I should be using, or does it really depend on what the subject is? I've seen a few videos on YouTube where guys have said the like to use F/4.
4. General lighting. I placed the lite box on top of a dining room table which has hanging lights above it. Should I turn them completely off?
5. White balance. Should I leave it on auto or should I set it up to custom? I have a cheap white balance cap that I also received for Christmas.
6. Mertering & AF modes?
What I did quickly learn was how the environment plays a HUGE role when using a light box. We had a red table cloth on the table and when using a black background to shoot an old Kodak camera, I actually saw how the table cloth effected the outcome of the picture.
Im also happy to purchase lightening or equipment that can help me along in my journey. (I just don't have much room to work with).
Thanks in advance. Not sure what I'd do without this site.