A Beginner's Guide to Product Photography Gear

Good product photography is vital to any brand’s success. This is why when it comes to clicking photographs of specific products for a marketing campaign or website upgrade, you need to bring your A game.

Let’s take a look at some of the essential product photography gear that you should consider investing in.

Lighting Kits with Shooting Tables

Shooting tables are among the must-have items needed for product photography. They’re essential for creating a consistent and sturdy surface for the products being photographed and producing high-quality images. Instead of buying a shooting table on its own, though, we recommend you get lighting kits that feature shooting tables.

The EzyLite 4 Head Kit, featuring floor & light stands and a shooting table, is one of the most popular product photography kits out there. The kit includes 4 individual continuous lighting lamp heads with softboxes, 4 105W CFL bulbs, 4 front diffusers, 2 light stands, 1 floor stand, and 1 shooting table. It’s lightweight and portable, making it ideal for shoots where you’ll be photographing small or medium-sized products. The kit is also great for clicking portraits for social media or shooting commercials or promotional product videos.

Since the equipment provided in this kit is energy-efficient, there’s no danger of the products heating up because of the heat being emitted from the bulbs. Moreover, setting up the foldable shooting table and the adjustable light stands is extremely easy so you don’t have to spend a lot of time getting things in order.

If you’re looking for a more economical solution for arranging shooting tables, the DAYLiTE4 Three Head Boom Kit is another great option. Like the EzyLite kit, this, too, contains energy-efficient CFL bulbs in the three continuous lighting head units. It also contains 2 lighting stands and an angle-adjustable shooting table. What sets it apart from the aforementioned kit is the extendable boom stand that can be used to provide overhead lighting during the shoot.

The DAYLiTE4 Three Head Boom kit can be used with various types of modifiers, such as softboxes, umbrellas, and reflectors. This gives you more creative freedom and versatility and helps in clicking impressive product photographs. The kit is perfect for product photography on a budget.

If you’d rather use LED lighting for your product photography, the GLOWPAD 350S Daylight Balanced Three Head Boom Kit is what you need. This kit comes with 3 LED panels, 2 light stands, 1 boom stand, and a foldable shooting table that can be used together to obtain beautiful product photographs. The LED bulbs allow for a more balanced continuous lighting that can be diffused as necessary.

The edge-lit technology used in the GLOWPAD kit allows for flicker-free photographs. You can shoot at your choice of shutter angle or framerate without worrying about flicker.

Tailored Lighting Kits

Not all product photography shoots require shooting tables. If you’re shooting larger products or models, you need tailored lighting kits.

The CITI600 PRO Five-Head Car Photography Kit, for instance, is especially designed for car photography. If you’re shooting motor vehicles for product listings or advertising, you’re going to need a lighting kit that caters to the subject in question. The CITI600 PRO kit contains 5 powerful battery-powered studio strobes that illuminate the subject from the desired angles and help take eye-catching photographs.

In addition to the heavy-duty light units, the kit also comprises multiple softboxes and light stands to adjust the lighting setting easily. For instance, the arc softboxes can be used for side or fill lighting. The stainless-steel boom can be used to illuminate the car from above and create the desired effect flawlessly.

Similarly, the 360° Product Photography LUMI400 Turntable Kit is best-suited for capturing professional and appealing moving images of products. If you’re shooting for an e-commerce website and want to capture all angles of a product so that consumers get a more detailed insight, this is the lighting kit to use.

The LUMI400 turntable kit contains 2 400Ws strobe lights, each of which is paired with a softbox and a light stand. The advanced interface and fitting facilitate a softer coverage of lighting and enable you to diffuse it accordingly. The coolest feature of this lighting kit, however, is the 360° motion turntable that can hold up to 150kgs. You can use the lighting kit to take high-quality shots of larger products and produce moving images.

Light Tents

Finally, let’s not forget about light tents. These are perfect for no-fuss product photography and can be used to achieve high-quality shots with minimal equipment.

The PIXAPRO 70cm Foldable LED Light Tent is often used by photographers shooting products for e-commerce platforms. The daylight-balanced LED lights used in this tent provide clean and consistent lighting. The reflective interior of the tent elevates the overall lighting and helps in eliminating harsh shadows. This results in professional images that require minimal or zero editing.

The best part about this light tent is that you can use your choice of photographing device, be it a DSLR camera, a mirrorless camera, or even a smartphone. The tent is ideal for macro photography of small items such as jewellery, handicrafts, ornaments, or cosmetics.

The 120x200x100cm Daylight-Balanced LED Light Tent is useful for shooting larger subjects in a hassle-free manner. It comprises magnetic LED panels and PVC backgrounds that help you capture consistent images. The high CRI rating and the colour-balancing technology used in the tent allow for accurate colour reproduction.

This tent is ideal for product photography of furniture items, mannequins, and larger appliances.

Want to make your product photography stand out? Make sure you invest in the best lighting and photography equipment available at our online store.

EssentialPhoto provides a range of lighting tools, kits, props, and other photography gear that can help you take visually stunning and professional-looking shots of all kinds of products. Call our team at 0121 552 3113 or reach out via email to get in touch!