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Jul 12th, 2014 at 10:48pm
 
I'm looking to improve the pictures of my work.  I have looked in the TPT section here.  Lots of help there.  How ever I'm wondering what others think about a setup such as this link.  I don't have a lot of time to create something similar I'd rather purchase one.Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Re: Photo work
Reply #1 - Jul 13th, 2014 at 11:54am
 
A tabletop photo tent setup, like the one you linked to, can certainly help. They provide a controlled (and repeatable) lighting environment which helps to eliminate, or at least reduce unwanted effects like bright spots or shadows. I'm sure many members here use, or at least started with, a similar setup.
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Reply #2 - Jul 13th, 2014 at 12:25pm
 
The biggest problem with that setup is the lights aren't strong enough.

You really need a couple hundred watts of light  to do it right. The temperature of light will
also determine how well your images come out.

You want to look for lighting that is in the 5000º -5600º degree color range:

Also, you need to put a color checker chart into and image so you can get the right white balance so the colors are accurate.

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Reply #3 - Jul 13th, 2014 at 12:51pm
 
According to the importer, Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register, the bulbs are 5000K and they are LED, so they put out more light than a 100 watt incandescent bulb.
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Reply #4 - Jul 13th, 2014 at 2:02pm
 
Just sayin', I had one of these and the lights are barely enough. They might be the temp but they are small lights so they won't  give you a nice wide beam to make the tent act as a diffuser. They end up as a slightly diffused hot spot with alot of drop off.

To get them back far enough so the beam covers the whole side, you end up with not enough light inside as they are now too far away.

It's not just the temp and the wattage but how much of that wattage is transmitted onto the piece inside the tent. You would be better off building a couple of mid size soft boxes. About 2' square with a bank of fluorescent lights using 5500K bulbs.

Just for info sake, here's my studio where I shoot art and stuff:
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Reply #5 - Jul 13th, 2014 at 3:59pm
 
Based on the listing it show that the lamps are 120V 50W GU10 bulbs, these are halogen spot lights. Led lamps are 120V 5W GU10.

These bulbs give a tight beam of light so they might be okay for small items such as pendants and earrings.

IMO you should pass on this product. It would be like buying cheap tools for the lathe that will only frustrate you instead of helping you gain proficiency. 

For less than $200 this would be a better starter setup.

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Reply #6 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 11:29am
 
   I was mostly looking at the tent itself. Any comments there ?  I plan on getting a gradient backdrop. [Maybe powered by Amazon.]  For lighting I guess I'll have to look around and experiment.
   I'd like to find a camera that's not too expensive or difficult to set up.  The one I have is eratic I never know if a shot will take and the SD card is enormous and won't fit any printer nor can I buy a new SD card that fits.
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Reply #7 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 11:36am
 
Ron, that'll do nicely!! Thumbs Up
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Reply #8 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 2:22pm
 
Guy Bratt wrote on Jul 14th, 2014 at 11:29am:
I was mostly looking at the tent itself.


In photography you need to get the background as far away from the item you are photographing as possible.

Even at 24" x 24" a small 6" bowl would be sticking out of the cube defeating the intended use of the tent.
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Reply #9 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 3:58pm
 
I got one of these and I like the backdrop.  For larger wall hanging pieces, I still do those as one-offs.  I have used the 24x24x24 for pieces up to 18 inches tall. Thumbs Up

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PS - the lights will work, however I will upgrade them as soon as I find some better something like what Ron mentioned above, but smaller Thumbs Up
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Reply #10 - Jul 24th, 2014 at 3:06pm
 
I have that same kit, and the lights are barely adequate for my purposes. Still, the price is right, even considering that the lights need replacement.
The one I purchased looks identical, except that it comes as a fold up kit that fits into a nice black portfolio-looking case. The thing holds together with Velcro along the edges of the walls and floor.
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