The still life photographers’ guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects

The still life photographers' guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects

The still life photographer’s guide to lighting eBay images

The still life photographer's guide to lighting eBay images

Set the light tent on a table with its side facing the window. The ambient light will be just enough to create a good softened light; you won’t need any torches or lamps.

The light tent not only diffuses the daylight but also helps to reflect some light back at the subject.

Now place and arrange the small item inside the tent. If there is a lot of glare on the surface then rotate the tent slightly away from the window to soften the light further.

Kit needed
■ Light tent ■ Tripod ■ Shutter release cable ■ Kit lens (18-105mm)

The still life photographer's guide to lighting eBay images: setup

The aim of this set up is to create soft light so the object can be seen in detail

QUICK TIP!
As light will often be low, the AF system might have issues with focusing. If this is the case, switch to manual focus and turn on Live View. Then zoom into Live View preview and focus manually.

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