PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT - WHAT DOES WHAT - WHAT TO BUY
We often get asked "what Product Photography Equipment do I need to photograph a product" - not as easy an answer as it may at first appear, due to the many different types of products out there, the quantity involved and the individual properties of those products.
The equipment broadly falls into 4 main categories;
Table Top Studios
/ Shooting Tables
|This is a fabricated Product Photography
Table with a metal
frame and a special piece of white translucent plastic that is used as
the background for shooting products.
|This is literally a Product Photography Cube
Tent made of white material which is used to isolate the product from it's
surroundings. These are usually used by Graphics Artists & eBayers due to their
portability & "put
away" features and simplicity. There is a huge choice of Product Tents
(such as the Lastlolite Cubelite range, KARLite Pro Studio Cube
range & Interfit Popup Photo Box range) on the
market distinguished by:
Paper / Curtain
|A set utilising a paper/vinyl or curtain
background with lighting at the front ( ideally with 2 lights at the
back for white backgrounds), this is the traditional way of
photographing products and offers the most versatility in terms of the
types and sizes of products that can be photographed.
|Illuminated Backgrounds||A relatively new product introduced by
Lastolite in 2006, the backgrounds (called Hilites) are side illuminated
and throw pure white light forwards making for very
easy High Key (white background) pictures - ideally needs 4 heads (2 at
the front and 2 in the Hilite).
So what Product Photography Equipment do we recommend for what? The table below is intended as a guide, all of the Product Photography Equipment may be used for other products with different levels of success.
|Event||Table Top Studio||Light Tent||Paper/Vinyl Rolls/ Curtains||Hi-Lite|
|Large Quantity of Products|
|General Product Shots / Graphic Artist|