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    Default Light Box, sufficient lighting?

    Has anyone had experience with using light box for product photography?
    I'm worried that if I purchase one, it might not be all that good. I want a strong white backdrop (or green) so it's easy to edit.
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    This type apparently has 2 x 60cm LED lights, and i'm a bit skeptical about it producing as much light as shown in the pic.
    Any recommendations?
    I'm also considering $280 set of 3 continuous lights + soft boxes, but not in an enclosed box like above.
    I need to take product images, eg pet food cans and bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyP View Post
    ... i'm a bit skeptical about it producing as much light as shown in the pic.
    There's no real way to tell how much light it's producing from the pix. If it's a little on the dim side, and you're photographing still subjects, put your camera on a tripod in increase exposure time.

    Or get the continuous lights, and a light tent. They're available in the same form factor, foldable cube with one face open. I have one 80 x 80 x 80cm. Should be smaller and bigger models available. Light from the top and sides (actually sometimes just the top will do. Same story as above - increase exposure time if too dim, or ISO if you don't mind a little drop in quality.

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    Some lightbox are made with the assumption that the user will be using a tripod. The primary purpose of the lightbox is to give an overall even lighting and control of the colour balance. If you intend to hand hold your shots, supplement the lightbox with continuos lighting. If you are using external continuous lights, make sure the light box has translucent sides or use a light tent as suggested as the sides of the one in your image looks like it will not let light through.
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    Default Re: Light Box, sufficient lighting?

    Quote Originally Posted by TroyP View Post
    This type apparently has 2 x 60cm LED lights, and i'm a bit skeptical about it producing as much light as shown in the pic.
    Any recommendations?
    I'm also considering $280 set of 3 continuous lights + soft boxes, but not in an enclosed box like above.
    I need to take product images, eg pet food cans and bags.
    I think you're right to be skeptical. I've purchased one of those mini versions for a friend. Those strip lights don't flood the box as in the mockup image unless you drag the shutter for a long exposure...but by then the front of your product might be overexposed, as you don't have control.

    This sample image I found off google images is representative of the real life effect, at least with the mini box. Note the shadows cast by the product, and that light fallout at the back of the box (appears greyish), compared to the front of the box (white).

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    If possible try using flash instead of continuous lighting for product photography. The output is much cleaner and images tend to be much more 'together'.

    Just get a flash, a proper softbox and you can use mahjong papers for the base and background.


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    Default Re: Light Box, sufficient lighting?

    If it is just one kind of product and lighting, just get a light Tent and continuous lights, arrange the lights until you get the result that you want. Use a tripod for exposure. Select the correct white balance to suit the lights used


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    Default Re: Light Box, sufficient lighting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexcheng View Post
    If possible try using flash instead of continuous lighting for product photography. The output is much cleaner and images tend to be much more 'together'.

    Just get a flash, a proper softbox and you can use mahjong papers for the base and background.


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    Second your comments and would like to share an example of using a softbox for product or food shots. Used the setup
    during my film days:

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    Default Re: Light Box, sufficient lighting?

    Thanks for that. Adding on to my previous comment, if using ambient light (essentially the lightbox is an ambient light source, technically speaking) you draw the risks of added colour casts from different light sources in the environment. Sure you can workaround that by switching off the lights etc etc, but the control you get from a flash gun or strobe unit is unrivalled. Output from flash is generally very clean as compared to ambient light sources like florescent lights, LED, etc.


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    Default Light Box, sufficient lighting?

    This was from a commercial shoot I did for a golf equipment brand. Shot with flash no less.



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