How has your April been? Normally, we expect April to be a bit of a wet month, ‘April Showers’ and all that. Here, on the south coast of England, we have had a rather dry April which has allowed me lots of time outside when I am able.
What about if it does rain, rain and rain some more?
What do you do to bring the garden inside, and still allow you to capture some great moments through your lens?
I’ve shared with you today some of my photos taken in a lightbox. I normally use 3 different types of lights.
What is a lightbox?
It’s a small, square box made from a translucent material that allows the diffusion of light. This contraption is most predominantly used with product photography.
They can range from FREE (learn how to make one from scratch) to however much you want to spend.
If you would like a detailed explanation on how to use a light box or light tent, then have a look at this article.
What lights should you use with the light box/tent?
For my own personal use, I have 2 x 5500K studio lights which are placed either side of the light box. In addition, I use an off camera flash that I can play with.
If you are using a light box or a light tent for product photography, then you will want to take into consideration your clients requests. If, on the other hand, you are using a light box to while away a few hours on a wet afternoon, then the most important criteria is that you have…
Experiment with the lights in different places, use some basic but effective props and tools to bring the photos to life.
- Water: I used a water spray to dampen the petals of the flowers to bring a little more texture to the subject.
- Backgrounds: Different coloured backgrounds are a cheap and effective way to change the perspective of the object being photographed. If you are not able to find the right colour, you can always post edit the photograph using additional software.
- Props: Here, I have used a long neck bottle to allow the flower to hang over creating some distance between the two. The result is the background is slightly out of focus, but the flower is crisp to the eye.