I've relied on natural light photography for years. But I can't always shoot in the day because of my busy schedule or the day is just too overcast. I also have to shoot tutorial pictures in my basement beading room which has no windows. So the only recourse is to go for and improve my artificial light photography. Here are my experiments for white backgrounds which are the hardest to get right.
I resisted doing artificial light photography mainly because I didn't want to spend on studio lights. A set up I saw in Henry's camera shop would have cost well over $300. So I bought a couple daylight CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs from Home Depot to go with a couple of old angle poise lamps I had.
My angle poise lamps can take up to 100w bulbs. Always check to see what the limits are for any desk lamps you choose to use.
As you can see, I used both of the angle poise lamps on either side of my Modahaus TS320 Tabletop photo studio AND my little OTT Lite!
I also used the light tunnel with the shiny side inside which helps keep the light bouncing within the tunnel. Here are the results with just cropping, no photo editing. If your picture has a yellowish cast to it, try using the white set function of your camera as I did here.
|No light tunnel|
|With light tunnel|
The natural light photograph of the same necklace below was better overall. All I had was the Modahaus unit with the smartcase, the best camera settings I could have on my camera and just a quick crop and a little lightening in a photo editor. A lot faster than fiddling with lights and spending more time on photo editors.
|Raw photo with iPhone 5 and light tunnel|
|iPhone 5 and light tunnel|
Would I use artificial light photography in the future? Yup. With my iPhone 5. If you have the iPhone 4 or the 4s, they are still pretty good as shown in this Modahaus post. If you have the iPhone 5s, I am officially green with envy.
Before You Go:
- Natural Light Jewelry Photography with White Backgrounds Tutorial
- How to Use Your Smartphone for Jewelry Photography
- Jewelry Photography with Mannequins
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