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It’s true, photographers can achieve a lot with natural light! I do think, however, that artificial light is something every photographer should have a base level understanding of.
In this post, I’m going to show you the simple softbox set up for product photography that I use.
The key to mastering artificial light is simply having a better understanding of various lighting conditions so you can have the confidence to get the shot in any condition.
Softboxes are suitable for all types of photography, including product photography, and they can be a game-changer for your workflow!
Why I Love Softboxes for Product Photography:
Natural light can be tricky. It can change by the second and can make the consistency of images a challenge of their own. In the winter months in New York, where I am from, the sunset can set as early as 4 pm. This makes it crucial to have this skill set in your toolkit.
The first thing I grab, when soft window light isn’t available or I need to shoot a series of images is my softbox setup.
The best part of mastering artificial light is that it unlocks the ability to get the shot you want anytime you’re available to pick up your camera!
The Perks of Using a Softbox for Product Photography:
For my work, the bigger the softbox better. Below are my favourite reasons for using a softbox for product photography:
- Softboxes are an incredibly versatile tool to create artifical light in photoshoots as key or fill light.
- Most softboxes come with two layers of diffusion which reduces harsh shadows.
- Softboxes come in all sizes. My advice is you should choose the biggest one you can comfortably work within your space.
Softbox for Photography Gear List
This is a studio setup that requires a few lights (and some space!). Here are the key lighting pieces I used in this set up.
- Multiple Broncolor Siros 800 S lights for both key lights and fill lights.
- Broncolor Softbox 120 x 180 cm for the main key light.
- LEE Filters White Diffusion to create soft light
- Red Gel on the back Broncolor Siros 800 S
- Plexiglass used at the back of the shot for the ‘warm’ glow
Would love to hear about your experiences using artificial light and softboxes in the comments below!
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This post was written by Justin Sisson. Thank you Justin for sharing your insights on lighting.
Commercial Photographer – Justin Sisson
Justin Sisson is a New-York based photographer specializing in food, beverage and portraiture. Justin draws inspiration from minimalism, quiet scenes, & everyday French living. His fine art and commercial work are often interlaced as he explores beauty in simple moments. Check out my website or come say hi on Instagram.
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