Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My blog lighting setup for autumn & winter

Yes, we know it's darker these days and while most of the world is happy to be snuggling up on the chilly autumn nights, we bloggers have bigger fish to fry.  We are suffering with lack of natural light which is crucial if we want decent photos!  And for me, whenever I'm reading blog posts, I always look at the photos and then read the text afterwards.  But that's moi.  I've gotten really into photography since buying my Canon 600D last year in New York and love playing around with the settings, seeing what I can create.

So at the start of this year, I decided to invest in decent lighting because I figured what's the use in having a deadly camera if I can't use it all the time.  I wanted the freedom to be able to take photos whenever I wanted and not have to dedicate every Saturday or Sunday to taking photos for the week.  I also knew that I'd be starting YouTube and would need lighting for that same reason.  So the research began and I ended up buying this set from Ebay.  It came with two softboxes with stands and two daylight bulbs.


I'd bought one of those small light boxes before but only used it for a couple of weeks because it was too small and I didn't have the freedom to stick props in it and move around the products too much.   So yes, I needed the good stuff.


I take most of the photos now on Joanne's old chest of drawers and use the lights to create a daylight effect.  They really do show the colours in their true form which is important for a beauty blogger.  I keep the softbox lights assembled for most of the winter as I never know when inspiration is going to take hold, but during the summer, I was able to put them back into their packaging and store them away.

I'm sure there are cheaper lighting set ups out there but this one is perfect for me.  I wanted to have it all in place at once and the less faffing about, the better!

No flash - meh
With camera flash only - notice how it washes everything out & make it all look flat
With softbox lights & no camera flash.  Notice she shadows on the back wall, making everything look 3D!
Having the freedom to take photos and film videos during the winter is brilliant.  Last year I was in a constant panic trying to get home before it got dark and each weekend I was so aware of having to take photos then or else I'd be stuck for the week.

I'm not saying you have to go out and spend all that money on lighting.  The Dolly Rouge ladies use affordable daylight bulbs from this site which also work great.  I just wanted the whole set for convenience so I can photograph my lovely products and film some funny videos for ye!  It's an investment and one of the best things I could have done for the blog next to buying my fancypants camera.  I'm a lady of leisure now when it comes to taking photos!

What are your lighting tips and tricks during the darker months?
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18 comments

  1. Squee for mention!!! Totally coveting the freestanding softboxes, would give me a lot more freedom. I don't *need* them right now though so they'll stay on the wishlist for a lil while!
    Kat | DollyRouge

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    1. Not a bother missus! You're very restrained altogether keeping them on the wishlist for now ;P

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  2. Well jeal K, I need something like this so badly as my apartment gets so little natural light. But it is also way too small to have a set up like this without packing away after each use. And am I bovvered?!

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    1. It's worth it if you even spend an evening taking photos and it takes a couple of minutes to disassemble them, you could plonk them in a wardrobe even!

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  3. Might have to invest, havent blogged for a week mainly because have no light when i get home. Troubles of a beauty blogger :)

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    1. I hear you! These are a godsend for the unorganised moi!

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  4. Ooh love this review, I was only going mad yesterday trying to take photos with the light!! I don't think I'd have enough room for this awesome setup but I do think I'll invest in the boxes, love this post!!

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  5. This looks really good! Wish I could be bothered to invest in something like this!

    www.gingerbreadsmiles.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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    1. It was a worthy investment for me I tell ya!

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  6. Looks like a great set up you have there. I was trying to take photos today but it was near impossible as it was so grey and dull and cloudy out. I think I may have to get a small light box in the future, won't be getting anything near as professional as what you have though!

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  7. Seems to be a hot topic with blogmeisters!! I just saw this last week http://www.makeupsavvy.co.uk/2013/10/blog-photography-diy-reflector.html?m=1

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    1. I'm not this blogger by the way! Stoopid phone too quick

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  8. I need to get some of these lighting stuff. The photo looks so much better with it x
    Joannaloves

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  9. What a handy post! I'm a novice blogger so I'm keen to learn. At the moment my blogging efforts don't warrant such a nifty set-up, but fingers crossed. :)

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  10. I'm also a novice blogger and have several ideas in the pipeline but have been waiting for the right lighting to take photos, it never occurred to me to buy something like this. Thanks for the tip!

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  11. Wow great set up very professional!! I ended up buying the Glamcor lights... More for doing makeup with, but reckon I might be able to use them for product shots to. ..

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  12. OMG, I loved your post! It was exactly what I needed to know! Tks so much for your post! ;) x

    http://prettyandmessy.wordpress.com/

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