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Old 09-15-2011, 10:48
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I started my "business" over the summer, so I was able to take advantage of the natural light outside for taking pictures of my products, however with Fall in full swing and Winter soon to come, here in Michigan we won't be seeing much of the sun anymore.

I need some suggestions on what sort of lighting to use for taking pictures indoors? I'd love something small and portable. I have a very nice background that I purchased and will probably just set it up on the kitchen table, so I need a light that will work for that scenario. I will be taking pictures of clothing and of smaller products, like clips & headbands.

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I am a photopgrapher and will tell you lights do not have to be exspensive your flash could work just fine but inexspensive lights from lowes work great with high watt bulbs. they have some with clamps and silver bulb holders around 7 dollars I like for directing light and they have portable can lights for around 5 dollars I have every kind of pro light and sometimes use the cheaper ones for produt photos hope this helps Pat
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:35
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I am a photopgrapher and will tell you lights do not have to be exspensive your flash could work just fine but inexspensive lights from lowes work great with high watt bulbs. they have some with clamps and silver bulb holders around 7 dollars I like for directing light and they have portable can lights for around 5 dollars I have every kind of pro light and sometimes use the cheaper ones for produt photos hope this helps Pat
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Thank you! I will have to keep my eye open for these.
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What kind of camera are you using for the photos? That will make a big difference in the look that you want to achieve. If you are using a dslr, that is ideal since you can control your settings. I find that I use an off camera flash and bounce the light. This helps to soften the light out. However, don't bounce the flash off of colored walls as that will change the color tint of your photo. The best thing is to not point the falsh directly at the object to help to avoid the harsh lighting.

If you want to stick with the natural light, try to find even lighted spots and photograph during the day time. You can also use ligth from a window to help with great lighting.

Here are two newborn session that I did using lighting from a window:

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http://sarahbarnes.smugmug.com/Newbo...6867513_3PvC9V

With the right set up, you can get great ligthing still. It is mostly knowing how to position your subject against the light that you have to work with.
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I don't have a professional camera, just a Kodak digital. I setup in my dining room during the day with the windows open. I either shoot on my dining table or a cabinet to the side depending on the lighting. I also turn my flash off since it seems to yellow my pics.
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