Light box helps with light distribution, it does not make lighting brighter - if anything it makes it worse as it spreads light around. The key to good phtography is good lighting and for that you need big lamps. I have two 300 watt lights, which I usually place at 90 degree angles to the object I take picture of in light box. I'm thinking of buying a 3rd light now to help with overhead lighting.
The light box will help make the overall lighting brighter, but, yeah, more powerful lights would be better.
You don't have to, but that's a physics law so to say. You can only distribute light, not make light, with a light tent. Light tent only disturbs light flow so it goes not on one spot (side) on the object inside, but covers it more or less uniformly from all sides. And while it does that, the amount of light on any given point of the object is smaller then if that point of the object would have been subjected to a direct light.
I guess this studio kit should be better than nothing and for the price the equipment looks good. Light is the key to a good photograph for sure. But to my mind it isn't worth wasting money in pro kits if it's just to take photos of my figures - unless I would make business with the pics, lol. Such a starter studio kit would be ideal for me, and whatever, much better than just using default flash, fluo room light or daylight through windows. Never forget than a good photographer can adapt his setting with the current ambiant light : it's the photographer who takes the photos, not the camera or light gear (see Leica and Roleflex cameras for example are still in stores, whearas they don't look as accurate as a brand new digital reflex camera). Anyway, this is just my opinion! I guess I would be interested in such a simple studio kit.
Hehe well price might be tempting for some people, but... as I said before, saving money is better option. You do not need light box or any other special equipment (except for the tripod) to make good casual pictures of the figure. All you need is some white paper and two swing arm table lights - web is filled with instructions. Just a random quick search:
WOW! I was actually looking at these things today on both eBay and Amazon.com
I had no idea about this posting. Good info.
I like the price point of 50-75 bucks for a mini studio. I think I would take tons of pictures my first day. I'll keep all your info in mind when I finally make the choice to buy one of these mini studios.
I got a similar lightbox for my birthday a few weeks ago. it has the *exact same* tripod and lights.
The one I have folds into a portfolio-style case and everything fits inside.
I used to work at an ebay store, and we had a huge home-made light box and 3-4 professional large hot lights, which was great but it was a lot of $ and space- I found this set to be very nice but the lights were way too weak. This portable set I got has been great for ebay-ing, as I can photograph jewelry and more expensive items at the client's home, and they can hold onto the items until they're sold, rather than crowding up my home with fine china... also good as I can go to my older customers, who can't get around so well anymore.
that being said, for 1:6 photography, which is really why i wanted it to begin with, the lamps are way too weak, and I've had to beef it up with some work lights and house lamps, boo.
the tripod is bad but its not THAT bad. You still need a big tripod for figures but it works great for photographing weapons and such.
I used a light box set and I am really happy with it. You guys have given me very good comments on my pictures. The bipod set up works well and support many different size cameras. Here is the one I use but I did not pay this much for it. The whole thing folds up in to a nice little carry bag. The lights have a spring loaded tripod to them.
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