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Jan 06, 2005 10:00 |  #16

The material I would recommend is called Translum (external link).

Thanks for that. I could never remember what it was called. Draftsmen use a similar material in smaller sizes. I used that stuff a lot on location & in the studio. It was light, easy to carry, & you could vary the size of the light source just by moving the light closer or farther away.

You really DON'T need expensive flahes,...

Very true! About 30 years agon I bought some (very) cheap Spiralite strobes for about $20 apiece & ganged several of them together - figured that when they died I'd just throw them away & get new ones. Thing is, they didn't! Tested them last week and, after sitting around in a closet for the last 10 years, they STILL work! What a bargain!
When I had to travel I always had 2 Vivitar 283's in my bag. Set one on-cam as fill to match the room light & one at the side about +1/2 stop. It was "Quick & Dirty" lighting but worked well, especially with the 20mm lens which rapidly became one of the "Loves of my life"!
Point is, while you don't need elaborate, expensive stuff to take good pics, it does make life easier when the pressure is on. Only you can decide what is right for eash specific situation. Then there's the "client factor" - someone posted that he needed a hand held light meter 'cause it "looked more professional!" :D That might be important when you're just starting out.
I once had a client who complained that I was using quartz lighting instead of "professional" strobes. He was a real pain in the butt, so I fired him! But, that's just me! ;)


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Jan 06, 2005 12:41 |  #17

off topic:
chops, whats that canon tripod?? i like it a lot. :)


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Jan 07, 2005 16:11 |  #18

A few years back I met someone who used to do photographs for DIY manuals and small components. I always remember he kept an Angle Finder in his shirt pocket and used to decry AF, "bloody never works as it should". Things don't change much. Anyway, the question I would like to ask, in small product photogaphy, particularly of reflective objects, how many of you use AF.


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Jan 10, 2005 13:32 |  #19

I think he's talking about the right-angle viewfinder.


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Jan 10, 2005 14:40 |  #20

Kenny,

I do a small amount of product photography for my friends website. Most of his stuff is highly reflective (chromed car parts etc.).

What I tend to do is set up the shot exactly as planned, then I pan a little left and place a small focus target (simply a 3x3 black and white checkboard paper target stuck vertically on a coin). I get AF to focus using the custom function button on my 10D and then pan back to the object and take the shot.

As long as you are ballpark close getting the same distance between camera -> focus target and camera -> object, it works out fine. Anyway, much better results than spending half the time wondering is it has achieved object focus or achieved focus on a reflection. :)

I would go for the C finder but without a split focusing screen, I still wouldn't be 100% happy.

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