Sunday, 21 September 2014

Blogging Essentials worth Investing in - Lighting!

When I was asked by the amazing people at Joebloggers "What are the things worth investing in" as part of a Legal and General campaign, I took some time to think about it. It was quite a gloomy day and I had been attempting to take some blog photos for hours, the light being horrid, I downed my camera and quickly had a strop, grunted and sighed alot - then the answer came to me - Lighting!

So having made my decision I did a bit of research, read a few blogs that gave hints and tips and decided that a portable Camera Photo Studio Box Light Lighting Cube Tent Kit with Tripod would be brilliant and the kit I had seen came with four backdrops at a cost of £35.  Now to some people, this might not seem like a lot, but I have little room to spread myself about, I live in a one bed flat, affectionately referred to as 'the shoebox' and there are three cats who also live here and like to be actively involved in everthing, so this for me is the perfect solution.


When my package arrived, I was far too excited, the box was huge and I momentarily forgot what it was, then came a squeal of delight.  Inside my box I had the following:
  • Studio box size: 50x50x50cm
  • Double warm white LED spot light
  • Light cable length: 150m (each)
  • Backdrop color: Black, Blue, White, Red
  • Tripod and stand





Now to be, this is the best bit of kit, besides my Canon EOS1000D camera that I own and it most definitely makes taking pictures a lot easier, especially when it is dark outside!

Described as being a complete photo studio kit, I was delighted to find that it folds away into a neat carry case which takes up absolutely no room at all and I can put it neatly away in my wardrobe or under the bed out of the way. Setting the whole thing up was also incredibly easy too, much more so than I thought it would be and everything is fully adjustable, the tripod which fits my camera perfectly, allows for me to take a really nice close up without getting my hands, camera strap and anything else in the way. Once set up, it is made of both aluminium and steel and is really sturdy, the height is fully adjustable as well going from 25cm to 45cm, though I am yet to change it from the original settings.

The box itself is made is 100% pure white nylon fabric with a stainless steel frame photographic light tent and given it's size, everything that I need to photograph, including any of the cats, fits in there nicely. If I decide to change the background to either blue, red, or black, I can easily do so and each one fits snugly using a velcro fastening.

The final important item within the box are the two LED Lights/Lamps which also fold away and again you can adjust the light angle using a simple click of a button.


I am chuffed to bits with this piece of kit and whilst I am still getting to grips with how it works properly, I hope some of you will begin to notice the changes to my photographs.

If this sounds like something you fancy trying out, you can find it HERE.


Do you use lighting to take photos? is there something you would recommend?

32 comments:

  1. This is SUCH a helpful post! I was wondering how people got their amazing photos - thanks for enlightening me!

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  2. I agree lighting is key to great blog photos, I always try and use natural lighting but as we start to go into autumn and winter, I think I'll need to invest in one of these x

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  3. I was told use foil cake boards nearby what you are photographing. That works as a cheap alternative. :-)

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  4. It's great idea..
    Personally I prefer taking photos with a background but this seems more professional!!

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  5. never seen one of these before really must invest in one for better photos!!
    looks so much more professinal!
    Melissa x

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  6. Lovely! And I am very sure the pictures come out quite pretty in this box. My only question is does this also come in very large sizes?

    Richa

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  7. This looks like a fab kit, definitely something I'd consider in the future but I think I'd want to upgrade my camera first!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Love your light box more than my own haha, I bought mine cheap from a site like eBay and it works well but it looks like a washing bag lol..

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  9. Well, that's great. Now you should be able to go ahead and snap whatever you please. Isn't it great when a plan comes together?

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  10. I'm lucky, I only really photograph the kiddos, no products so I have been able to step down to using natural light. It's been a year now without using my flash gun and I'm in love with natural light (& saved a fortune in batteries!!)

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  11. I bought this kit and the lights both melted, so make sure you watch them :)) xx

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  12. this is so cool you have your own studio for your product pictures. Maybe one day I will achieve this level of blogging! Great job, your blog is awesome.

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  13. Oh I so need this! I did make a reflector board from an old cardboard box and foil but before I had got to use it the kids had used it as an indoor surfboard.

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  14. I probably need this, but have no idea how to use it!

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  15. It looks like a great portable piece of kit. I could definitely benefit from something like this for some of my photos.

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  16. I took a pic today that I wanted to look great on IG and due to poor lighting it just didn't so I totally get you.
    I'd love to see that makeup before and after, i.e. pics alongside each other, with and without the lighting xxx

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  17. wow this is serious kit :) I had hard time taking pictures as well before,so I got my new camera, but I haven't felt the need to get lights yet. maybe I will need it when the days are getting shorter :) Thanks for sharing! xo's

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  18. that looks like a great kit! I need to get some decent lighting for winter x

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  19. This looks like a great piece of kit to invest in. Especially as we head towards winter! :) xx

    Brenda BusyBee

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  20. I could really do with one of these now that winter is on its way!

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  21. This is fantastic, might pick one of these up for winter when there is lack of day light x

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  22. I am deffo going to get one of these, my house isn't very big and I have limited space to take my product pics, so I will think of investing in one of these when I do more beauty pics.

    www.lookwhatigot.co.uk

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  23. This looks great, I have been thinking about getting some basic lighting, especially with winter drawing in eeeek! x

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  24. I hav been toying with getting lighting for a while

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  25. I've been looking at these lately. I try to use as much natural light as possible but it is getting darker lately when I get to take pictures. This one looks great!

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  26. great product for photographing products!

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  27. Would love to see some of the pics you have taken after using this? I am tempted myself but definitely want to see how the finished images turn out.

    http://daydreamsanddee.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. I so need to invest in some decent lights for over the winter

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  29. I expected it to cost a lot more than that. I haven't got my new camera yet (hoping hubby surprises me at Christmas!) but when I do I'm going to need one of those kits!

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  30. I've had these recommended to me a few times now must pick one up! x

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