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Nov 09, 2013 19:58 |  #1

Hi Guys. I have been taking product photos for my business. I take photos of mostly packaged food, like cereal boxes. Presently I am using a few remote 430EX II flashes shooting through umbrellas. I'm looking to upgrade my lighting setup.

I would love to go strobes and softboxes. The setups I've been looking at with power quickly jump in to the thousands for cost. I'm not sure I'm ready to take that leap yet.

I have been seeing and reading a lot about LED lighting options. It seems like the pros frown on using continuous lighting for product photos, but a lot of people are making it work. I like LEDs as they take less power and don't produce much heat. Not to mention they're cheaper!

Any thoughts or experiences? If I'm going to go strobes in the long run no matter, I would rather bite the bullet and do it now.

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Nov 09, 2013 20:12 |  #2

Kirk Tuck put out a book not too long ago about LED lighting. I'm sure he's got some posts up on his blog as well.

As far as continuous lighting, the downside is that all the other lighting in the room will play a part in the exposure, so you have to be able to work in the dark. You also need longer exposures, which can get tedious after a while. Other than that you should be able to do just fine with them.


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Nov 09, 2013 20:26 |  #3

I looked into LED lights for photography and found the high quality units to be anything but inexpensive. Might be easier to get one for less if meant for video, but I chose not to purchase until prices become affordable.




  
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Nov 10, 2013 20:44 |  #4

Scatterbrained wrote in post #16438329 (external link)
Kirk Tuck put out a book not too long ago about LED lighting. I'm sure he's got some posts up on his blog as well.

As far as continuous lighting, the downside is that all the other lighting in the room will play a part in the exposure, so you have to be able to work in the dark. You also need longer exposures, which can get tedious after a while. Other than that you should be able to do just fine with them.


I'll look in to what he's got. Thank you.


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RandyMN wrote in post #16438349 (external link)
I looked into LED lights for photography and found the high quality units to be anything but inexpensive. Might be easier to get one for less if meant for video, but I chose not to purchase until prices become affordable.

What lights were you looking at?

Seems like the LEDs are similarly priced with strobes. But with strobes you need a power supply that will cost you an extra thousand or two.


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Nov 11, 2013 09:12 |  #6

Found some info on Kirk Tuck and his book here:

http://theonlinephotog​rapher.typepad.com …hotography-kirk-tuck.html (external link)


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