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Camera + Lighting Suggestions for Selling Clothes Online

post #1 of 4
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Opening up a new online retail store featuring shirts, suits, pants, etc..., but don't really know the first thing about photography. I basically just need a solid camera (probably w/a lens) plus a backdrop and lighting so that everything comes out properly for an online display.

Any suggestions as to the proper setup (brands and models in particular)? I'm definitely looking to go for something used rather than full retail, as my funds are limited at this point.
post #2 of 4
Lighting is the single most important thing. Most cameras can do an OK job. You need to control lighting and not rely on daylight or desk lamps. Do some online research for "Light tent". See if you can get one that comes with lights. Make sure it is large enough for what you are selling.

Diffused light will give you the best color, and reduce and chance of glare.

You might also want to consider a form to show jackets, shirts with tied ties, etc.

post #3 of 4
Kind of funny talking about light colour then using work lights satisfied.gif

I bet you could get a couple softboxes off Ebay. Bigger is better if you have the room.

Then maybe a used powerpack and a few heads. If you have any Ebay skills an used Speedotron blackline will be cheap. Overkill. Robust. And often fairly cheap. Get an external sensor to trigger the flash since the oldest Speeds are high voltage.

Obviously the above is overkill but the pack if you decide to sell it won't lose much/any money.
post #4 of 4
Oh buy a book. Amazon is likely full of books on lighting still life.
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