Photos for brochure

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Neale, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Neale

    Neale Guest

    I am planning on taking the necessary product photos for a colour mail order
    brochure and website (mainly food, and not very complicated sets).

    I plan on using my EOS 10D, and am contemplating buying a small "off the
    peg" studio flash setup, with brollies etc.

    The other possibility with the same financial outlay would be a set of 3
    Canon 550 EX speedlights. Can anyone advise as to whether the latter would
    be a seriously compromised studio option?
    Neale, Jul 17, 2003
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    John Miller Guest

    I would seriously prefer whichever option had modeling lights.

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    John Miller, Jul 17, 2003
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  3. Hire a pro.
    Michael Scarpitti, Jul 17, 2003
  4. Neale

    Dallas D Guest

    Neale you should ask to try before you buy.

    For the type of work you are doing studio lighting would be the better
    option. I have just recently shot a brochure for my other business and it
    had a few product shots which I accomplished with a D60, 550EX, 420EX &
    ST-E2. It can be done but I would much rather have done the shoot using
    studio lights.

    The downside to using E-TTL is that you're stuck with penlights for power,
    unless you are prepared to shell out big money for the Quantum power supply
    for the 550EX's. If so you are going into the same price bracket as a decent
    set of lights.

    Check out Alien Bees or White Lightnings - lots of folks here have used them
    and they are pretty good value for the money.

    Oh, and ignore the twerp who told you to hire a pro. This is the most fun
    you'll have with photography. Using the 10D will give you immediate feedback
    as well.
    Dallas D, Jul 17, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Go with studio strobes unless this is the only time you would be using
    them. The modeling lights alone are going to save you a lot of film and
    headache. Food is probably the hardest subject to photograph well, so I
    would also recommend a book on the subject. I have never read any on food
    photography (I have no interest in it) but amazon will have reviews that can
    be helpful.
    Alien Bees seem to be well regarded in the "budget" price range.

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    Tony Spadaro, Jul 17, 2003
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    Jerry L. Guest

    Suggestion: use window light. If you have a tripod, the exposure at
    f16 should be reachable with window light. ...not very complicated
    sets does not compute if you need several lights for your food shots.

    [Maybe using a digital Canon makes like less simple?]
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    Jerry L., Jul 20, 2003
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