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Great stuff! Thanks! No worries evangelizing the Mac: I bought my first one in 1984 and never looked back. But dang, I'd seen Garage Sale around, and always figured it was for garage sales. Duh. I'll pick that up this afternoon and give it a shot.

BTW, for all the value-oriented folks on here, the strategy I've used with my Apple gear (at least, since the advent of the 'Bay) is to replace it all pretty much annually. I buy a discounted AppleCare on eBay for the "old" one, and list it with the 2-year remaining AppleCare as soon as I've migrated everything to the new one. That keeps the upgrade ∆ to a minimum. A few hundred bucks a year and I have all new Apple stuff all the time. Let it go even two years and the ∆ becomes more punishing, especially for multiple devices.

Yes, agreed on boxing right after photography, and in plastic dry cleaner bags. Works great. I'll investigate thermal printers, but for the moment, I have a large Brother wireless MFC, with regular paper in the top tray and sticky-backed labels in the bottom one. No taping, except on small soft-packs. I guess strobes will be my next subject for study, and will check earlier posts in the thread for that. Thanks again!

 

Thanks for posting this. I've been rolling with the old white Macbooks, which you can pick up on ebay for ~150 and recently upgraded though a friend to a '10 MacbookPro. But I have to reboot my computer 2-3 times per day if I'm listing that day (GarageSale/LightRoom/high volume pictures is apparently quite taxing). I think it would get better if I got a SSD, but you've got me thinking about going new and upgrading yearly.

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You can have him become the high bidder then end auction early and sell to high bidder, send him an invoice for the agreed amount.  No reason to block IMO.  Also, if, while trying to become the high bidder, he's outbid, then it's a non issue, and your item just got bid up.

Yeah. I was just annoyed that he tried to tell me it was no big deal to sell it to him outside eBay.
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Yeah. I was just annoyed that he tried to tell me it was no big deal to sell it to him outside eBay.

 

I block those clowns, especially if they tell me they do it themselves.  Personally, I don't end auctions early, mainly because it's not nice to the bidders, plus you never know where it will go.  Letting him obtain high bidder status and then ending the auction and selling to him would be, I suppose, less sucky to the other bidders and not be breaking the rules.

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If you want it that badly, bid on it. It's that simple.
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My favorites are the "What is the lowest that you would take for this item?" My response, "I am not in the habit of negotiating against myself. I will entertain any offer that you are willing to make."

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My favorites are the "What is the lowest that you would take for this item?" My response, "I am not in the habit of negotiating against myself. I will entertain any offer that you are willing to make."

That's my typical response, almost verbatim. I've also been known to respond with "What's the most you're willing to pay?"

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^and often times it comes from someone who has already submitted three offers that were automatically declined. Sometimes I'll respond and ask them to submit an offer through the listing, and that's when I get "I've already submitted the maximum amount of offers."
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Looking to invest in some strobes. I've Brian's posts in this thread for mention of strobes and he seems to roll with AlienBees brand. 

 

Making a shopping list for what I need:

- 4 strobes total: two for subject, two for background

- Transmitter from camera position

- One or more receievers. I understand it's possible to have one receiver and wire the other strobes as slaves, is that right?

 

That's it, right? Do I need an umbrella or two? 

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Looking to invest in some strobes. I've Brian's posts in this thread for mention of strobes and he seems to roll with AlienBees brand. 

 

Making a shopping list for what I need:

- 4 strobes total: two for subject, two for background

- Transmitter from camera position

- One or more receievers. I understand it's possible to have one receiver and wire the other strobes as slaves, is that right?

 

That's it, right? Do I need an umbrella or two? 


What camera do you have?

 

Alienbees also have an optical slave trigger so if you have a built-in flash on your camera you can set it to its lowest power and that will trigger your ABs remotely. 

 

You will 100% want some kind of light modifier for your strobes. Bare strobes will give you very harsh lighting, not the diffuse lighting you need for product photos. Umbrellas are much cheaper than softboxes and if you're just starting out they are not a bad choice. 

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What camera do you have?

 

Alienbees also have an optical slave trigger so if you have a built-in flash on your camera you can set it to its lowest power and that will trigger your ABs remotely. 

 

You will 100% want some kind of light modifier for your strobes. Bare strobes will give you very harsh lighting, not the diffuse lighting you need for product photos. Umbrellas are much cheaper than softboxes and if you're just starting out they are not a bad choice. 

 

Using an Olympus 510. I don't have a dedicated flash for it either, so I'd rather go radio/wired than optical. 

 

Will I need diffusing on the strobes set to flood the background? What advantage does a softbox give me?

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Using an Olympus 510. I don't have a dedicated flash for it either, so I'd rather go radio/wired than optical. 

 

Will I need diffusing on the strobes set to flood the background? What advantage does a softbox give me?


Not familiar with the Olympus 510 but it looks like it has a pop-up flash that you can set to manual? That's all you need to trigger the ABs. The power from that flash set to lowest output will be minuscule compared to your studio strobes; it should have no noticeable effect on the photo. Anyhow I'd try that first before you spend more $ on wireless triggers but that's just my opinion. 

 

You can try bare strobes for your background. Because the light pattern of a bare light will be a strong central spot that falls off rapidly, in order to get the background evenly lit you will probably have to blow out the background (pure white) in order to get it to look even. This may not be an issue for eBay product photography though. With bare lights, also watch out for  light spilling back on your subject or towards the camera. It will help if your subject is not too close to your background and you can also tape a piece of cardboard to the side of the strobe to help block some of that light spill. 

 

You can even try a single strobe for the background, placed directly behind your subject so that it is hidden from camera view though again you will have to blow out the background to get it evenly white. 

 

Also budget for stands for your strobes. 

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Not familiar with the Olympus 510 but it looks like it has a pop-up flash that you can set to manual? That's all you need to trigger the ABs. The power from that flash set to lowest output will be minuscule compared to your studio strobes; it should have no noticeable effect on the photo. Anyhow I'd try that first before you spend more $ on wireless triggers but that's just my opinion. 

 

You can try bare strobes for your background. Because the light pattern of a bare light will be a strong central spot that falls off rapidly, in order to get the background evenly lit you will probably have to blow out the background (pure white) in order to get it to look even. This may not be an issue for eBay product photography though. With bare lights, also watch out for  light spilling back on your subject or towards the camera. It will help if your subject is not too close to your background and you can also tape a piece of cardboard to the side of the strobe to help block some of that light spill. 

 

You can even try a single strobe for the background, placed directly behind your subject so that it is hidden from camera view though again you will have to blow out the background to get it evenly white. 

 

Also budget for stands for your strobes. 

 

Alright, that makes sense. Also appears ABs come with optical sensors by default. Will save money.

 

When you say "blow out the background", you mean stopping up or down my camera/changing the AB output so that the background is blown out by comparison to the subject, right? 

 

Stands! Thank you! Hadn't thought of that.

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What is a decent amount to budget for:
Camera, strobes, strobe stands, etc. to upgrade from photographing with a phone?
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When you say "blow out the background", you mean stopping up or down my camera/changing the AB output so that the background is blown out by comparison to the subject, right?
Increasing the output of the background strobes. "Blowing out" the background means turning it completely white. Not ideal in the eyes of photography purists but fine for your purposes.

Changing the exposure in camera affects both subject and background so you have to work with the strobe output.
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Alright, that makes sense. Also appears ABs come with optical sensors by default. Will save money.

 

When you say "blow out the background", you mean stopping up or down my camera/changing the AB output so that the background is blown out by comparison to the subject, right? 

 

Stands! Thank you! Hadn't thought of that.

My previous set up pic showed up like yours IIRC. The only change i made was ordering 2 wireless triggers, an umbrella and an external flash. Here is the result

 

BEFORE

 

 

AFTER

 

 

Lightening is uneven at the bottom but

  • I am in shooting in a 8 feet room, no space.
  • Flash is at half its output speed
  • No post processing at all.

 

Total cost was $75 since i already had the flash otherwise younguo flashes are pretty cheap. If you have space then you can place the mannequin 6ft away and place your flash at 5 ft on the floor aiming the background.

 

 

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Making a shopping list for what I need:

- 4 strobes total: two for subject, two for background

- Transmitter from camera position

- One or more receievers. I understand it's possible to have one receiver and wire the other strobes as slaves, is that right?

You will need softboxes otherwise the light will be too harsh and unpleasant. If you have space and money then this is the ideal route to take.

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