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Brilliant for small product photography
on 22 April 2013
Arrived really quickly, very well packed, and really simple to set up and take down.
The lights and the light tent produce very even light on and around the product, I test each lighting set up first with a light meter - perfect for photographing shiny/reflective materials/products as you avoid reflections of your studio set up or even yourself!
I've used this for a specific project for a magazine which has required long days over a period of more than a week. The lights manage heat extremely well, they barely get hot with continued use. Indeed, the bulbs are cool enough to be hand removed within seconds of being switched off. Being continuous lighting and working with challenging reflections has allowed me to see the reflections and place flags and diffusors wherever I need them to get the best possible shot before taking. This a huge advantage in workflow and time spent over using studio strobes, which are often over powered for the purpose.
There is a slight fall off from the 5400k, this can drop down to 4,500k or slightly less but nothing that cannot easily be corrected in post production, or whilst shooting if shooting tethered, as I do. Colour balance is pretty good too and requires only a slight tweek, I always use a colour balancing card.
Light stands are well made, the whole kit is well made, and robust. I have been impressed by the images I've captured better still, the magazine are impressed and want even more than we had first agreed, so definitely a win for me! Proof is in the pudding, as they say.
This set up has worked for me so I would highly recommend the PhotoSEL kit.