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    Hi, I need help finding a affordable quality table-top studio, preferbly with a dedicated studio table thingy (Forgot wat its called..) and a suitable amount of flashes with softboxes.. I'm not too good with studio photography equipment but this is for long-term investment by my dad's company so if anybody can help me with this and give me a ballpark figure of money so i can discuss with my dad. by the way, this studio is for our product photography...

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    Hi nickmak,
    i think the light set up will cost the most - table size will depend on the size of the product and being in Thailand i am sure u can find good carpenters to custom make a table if u really need one - there is some info on a basic DIY set-up here
    http://www.shutterbug.net/columns/10...son/index.html
    there r also lessons on how to do product shoots in other issues of shutterbug (do a search) and also at the webphotoschool link and u can also look at imaging-resources.com
    cheers

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    thx for the link... Thing is what type of flashes should I use... I'm not used to studio photography so I need somebody to help me with what type of flash and external equipment to use... Btw my product is only the size of a pencil case so anything bigger like big flash no need...

    Thanks lots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickmak
    thx for the link... Thing is what type of flashes should I use... I'm not used to studio photography so I need somebody to help me with what type of flash and external equipment to use... Btw my product is only the size of a pencil case so anything bigger like big flash no need...

    Thanks lots!
    Hi nickmak,

    I assume that u are doing the shooting digital - if u read some of the articles a small product shoot set-up can be done with one light n a light tent which can just be a piece of white cloth with a light directed through it
    don't know what ur budget or ur product is but again read up on the articles - the cheapest way is DIY with hot lights which are basically tungsten lights - 4 x 150W lamps with those large industrial reflectors will be equivalent to a 500-600W studio strobe - have a carpenter make a few simple stands n then power up n adjust ur WB - advantages r that u can use available light n won't need flashmeter (use $ to get a macro instead) - vary exposure times to change dof - disadvantage is that ur product may melt before the shoot is finished....
    these r very basic answers - u have to read up n figure out what ur needs are

    hope this helps
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektar25
    Hi nickmak,

    I assume that u are doing the shooting digital - if u read some of the articles a small product shoot set-up can be done with one light n a light tent which can just be a piece of white cloth with a light directed through it
    don't know what ur budget or ur product is but again read up on the articles - the cheapest way is DIY with hot lights which are basically tungsten lights - 4 x 150W lamps with those large industrial reflectors will be equivalent to a 500-600W studio strobe - have a carpenter make a few simple stands n then power up n adjust ur WB - advantages r that u can use available light n won't need flashmeter (use $ to get a macro instead) - vary exposure times to change dof - disadvantage is that ur product may melt before the shoot is finished....
    these r very basic answers - u have to read up n figure out what ur needs are

    hope this helps
    cheers
    thanks so much... now I won't need to dig in my pocket to get them studio equipment... I'd prefer the DIY way u mentioned... haha... dun worry, product not chocolate so won't melt... i think before it melt it being eaten by me already! haha! Well.. thanks for ur advice.. will try the cheap way here and see how it goes... thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickmak
    thanks so much... now I won't need to dig in my pocket to get them studio equipment... I'd prefer the DIY way u mentioned... haha... dun worry, product not chocolate so won't melt... i think before it melt it being eaten by me already! haha! Well.. thanks for ur advice.. will try the cheap way here and see how it goes... thanks!
    Hi nickmak
    maybe u can have a look at this set-up - looks quite cost effective
    http://www.massorder.com/shop/produc...d866d04e618e57

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektar25
    Hi nickmak
    maybe u can have a look at this set-up - looks quite cost effective
    http://www.massorder.com/shop/produc...d866d04e618e57

    cheers
    hi, cannot get to the site.. getting DNS error... grrr... can post a pic or some info so can read here? sorry... thanks though... its the Thailand internet... sigh... miss cable in s'pore...
    The equipment can only bring you so far - the rest of the photographic journey is done by you.

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    grrr... still can't get in.. dunno wat is happening... well.. will get someone in s'pore to give me the info... thanks so much.. btw... I saw on another thread that the Akira set sells for $599... is that a good set for table top photography? heard there's one more from Eastgear... could u share some light on this with me? thanks!

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickmak
    grrr... still can't get in.. dunno wat is happening... well.. will get someone in s'pore to give me the info... thanks so much.. btw... I saw on another thread that the Akira set sells for $599... is that a good set for table top photography? heard there's one more from Eastgear... could u share some light on this with me? thanks!

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    Hi nickmak,
    the 2 links are the same but just fyi they contain a pix of a collapsible light tent and a simple light set-up
    sorry - can't comment on the Akira except to say that $599 buys a lot of hot lights - strobes not critical in non-moving product shots - with strobes u also have to budget for a flashmeter....
    btw if ur server is ok here are a few links on light tents
    http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/19002.html
    http://bermangraphics.com/coolpix/jewelryphoto.htm
    http://pages.ebay.com/community/chat...me=CMDV:IC0587
    http://www.knifeforums.com/ubbthread...b=5&o=&fpart=1
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektar25
    Hi nickmak,
    the 2 links are the same but just fyi they contain a pix of a collapsible light tent and a simple light set-up
    sorry - can't comment on the Akira except to say that $599 buys a lot of hot lights - strobes not critical in non-moving product shots - with strobes u also have to budget for a flashmeter....
    btw if ur server is ok here are a few links on light tents
    http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/19002.html
    http://bermangraphics.com/coolpix/jewelryphoto.htm
    http://pages.ebay.com/community/chat...me=CMDV:IC0587
    http://www.knifeforums.com/ubbthread...b=5&o=&fpart=1
    cheers
    Hi, went to research some more and also found this: dot.com Table-Top Studio

    Do u know how much this set might cost and do they have the things stated there at a shop like CP? I think this might be the solution to this one time long term investment...

    Thanks for your help! Cheers!
    The equipment can only bring you so far - the rest of the photographic journey is done by you.

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