Sometimes bigger is better when it comes to lighting product photography. Learn how to use studio strobes for more illumination and more detailed highlights in this product photography tutorial.
- When it comes to lighting, sometimes bigger is better.…Take for example, this studio strobe here.…This is a big Profoto light, that puts out a lot of light.…Compared to something like this, a small camera strobe,…the difference is enormous.…There's a lot of reasons you might want to have more light.…The first big reason comes to diffusion.…If you want to diffuse your light,…make it softer and spread out more,…you're gonna lose a lot of light…through the diffusion process.…So for example, if I was to take this little strobe,…and shine it through this diffusion panel,…I'm gonna lose a lot of the power of this light.…
But if I take a huge light like this and shine it through,…I'm still gonna lose some, but of course I've got…a lot more to start with, so it's gonna be okay.…So I can shine a light through a diffusion panel like this,…through a big Octa Softbox like this,…or even,…through something enormous like that.…Though a huge light source like that,…means softer light.…The bigger your light source, the softer the light.…
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- Shooting with a smartphone or full-size camera
- Creating a softbox setup for shooting small products
- Shooting against a white seamless background
- Lighting for product photography
- Shooting accurate color
- Retouching product photography in post