CLASSROOM: Can You Really Get Pro Results From Inexpensive Light Sources in Product Photography?
Earlier this year, I released an in-depth tutorial on product photography with Fstoppers called “The Hero Shot: How to Light and Composite Product Photography.” As I started publishing images from this tutorial on Instagram, I found it extremely interesting that the most liked image was the cordless drill. It was the most simple image that I created for the series, and I used very basic inexpensive continuous lighting to create it. So, if I were to have photographed this drill using strobes instead of continuous light, would you have been able to tell the difference? I’ll give you a hint: the answer is no, you wouldn’t have.
Learning How to Light Using Simple Tools
When I started getting into product photography many years ago, I had very little equipment. I had a camera, a kit lens, a cheap tripod, and a passion for advertising photography. When it came to lighting equipment, I didn’t have the budget for speedlights or studio strobes. At that period in time, there were very few options on the market at beginner price points, so I started with a more DIY approach to lighting. In fact, I purchased a few inexpensive work lights lights from Home Depot; you know, the ones with the built-in clamp and silver dish.
Image Credit: Brian Rodgers Jr.