Although flash lighting has been favored by portrait film photographers, it is more difficult than continuous lighting because exposure control is performed manually, and you will have many trial and error images and lighting configurations to optimize the light on the subject. In all flash lighting, a flash meter is highly recommended. The flash that is part of a digital camera will not produce professional results.
Learn more about lighting with the photography lighting basics guide.
|Macro Table Top Studio||Excel||VG||NR||NR||VG||Fair|
|Table Top Studio||VG||Excel||Good||NR||Excel||VG|
|ALZO 100 Cool Lites||Excel||VG||NR||NR||VG**||VG**|
|ALZO 300 Cool Lites||Good||Excel||Excel||Good||VG**||VG**|
|ALZO 600 Cool Lites||NR||VG||Excel||Excel||VG**||VG**|
|Continuous Hot Lights||NR||Good||Good||Good||Good**||
* with softbox ** with diffusers
|1||Excel||Excellent||The Best - Look no further|
|2||VG||Very Good||Highly Recommended|
|4||Fair||Fair||Probably OK but limited and problematic|
|5||NR||Not Recommended||Do Not Use|
|1||Very Small||0-4"||Longest dimension|
|3||Medium||20" - 60"||Longest dimension|
|4||Large||5' - 30'||Longest dimension|
|5||Shadow||Shadow Reducing properties|
|6||Reflection||Reflection/glare Reducing properties|
Table Top Photography Guide
Overview of all ALZO table top photography kits.
There are two choices for background materials paper and fabric. Typically commercial product photography uses paper backgrounds with smooth even coloration. Portrait photographers prefer fabric backdrops for portability and control of texture. We recommend a collapsible portable background paper support which supports different widths of background paper or fabric. Included are two tripod stands, two horizontal poles, and long and short connectors to allow for a selection of widths up to 110 inches. Maximum height is 10 feet.
Background paper is typically sold in two widths: 53 inches and 107 inches; length for each is 36 feet. When the paper is rolled on the floor the floor surface should be flat and hard. Paper rolled out on carpet can not be walked on, for the paper will crease and cause undesirable damage to the paper. Walking on the paper without shoes is recommended when on the floor. When the paper gets soiled, simply cut of the used portion and roll out some fresh.
Fabric backdrops come in 9 feet widths, and a choice of 12 feet or 24 feet lengths. Fabric backdrops are washable, and the colors soften slightly after a few washings.
A wide variety of paper and fabric in different colors and textures is available for studio as well as location imaging.