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Old 08-07-2011, 11:30
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Default Would investing in some lighting improve these pics?

I love taking photos for my shop, but have so far only ever used natural light. I'm thinking about investing in some extra lighting, but am unsure of the difference it will make to my photos, or what type of lighting would work the best for this kind of setup? I've been looking at possibly trying a strobe kit. Any experienced photographers have any advice? It would be really appreciated . Thank you!

Here are a few examples of the last session I did with my current set-up using natural light (obviously I've edited these)
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:57
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Default Re: Would investing in some lighting improve these pics?

I think the lighting looks great in these! It's nice and even, but yet not flat. There's good catchlights in the eyes and no harsh shadows. Usually the goal with a basic studio lighting setup is to mimic natural light so the images will look just like what you've got here. So would a lighting setup improve your photos? Probably not significantly since it seems like you've already got natural light nailed down. Plus there can be quite a learning curve when starting out with strobes, so it's not like you can take them out of the box and all of a sudden have great photos. I say keep doing what you're doing!!
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:28
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Default Re: Would investing in some lighting improve these pics?

Right now my setup consists of a umbrella, speedlite and reflector. It's far better then natural light in my opinion to get the details needed. It is a bit pricier as the speedlite itself is expensive but still cheaper then strobes.
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Default Re: Would investing in some lighting improve these pics?

I love the lighting, I think they look great!
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:54
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I think the lighting is fine they just look a little soft what is your apature/shutter speed at?? If you do under expose a bit you can always fix that in editing, what type of program do you use?
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:22
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Default Re: Would investing in some lighting improve these pics?

Thanks for all your advice ladies ! For some reason when I uploaded these here, they came out quite a bit 'blurrier' than the originals. But that being said, even the originals are not quite as 'crisp' as I would like them to be. I do really need to play around more with shutter speed and aperture - Right now I'm just using iphoto for editing - I really need to start using photoshop since I can really only do the basics with iphoto...I'm just so used to using it that I've been too lazy to change over lol!

I do love the natural light, but wasn't sure if there was a light set-up that would work well with using the natural light since it can be hit or miss what kind of light I have on any given day. What I really need to do is get my lazy behind into some photography classes since I seem to spend so much time taking pictures for the shop lol!
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I think your pictures look great! But-

If you get a speedlight turn it around so it hits a window and the light will be dispersed. I can take a picture in a dark room with my speedlight and it looks like it is taken during the day. Here is an example of a pic I took at night in a dark room, there is no post processing, I only resized it.

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