Low budget product photography

When I was starting to build my photography b̶̷u̶̷s̶̷i̶̷n̶̷e̶̷s̶̷ whatever it is I'm building right now, being a cheap-ass resourceful punk was the necessity cause I've started with practically no money. 

Now it's few years later and I'm still trying to be that same resourceful guy, so when Gregory Heisler in this most important video in photography history says the line "it has to work" it really resonates in me. 

"It has to work" was exactly the feeling I had when I landed this product shooting gig in a November 2012 for a local handbag designer/art gallery owner. It was an important gig not just because I was broke (sidenote: damn! I really need to learn to manage my money better) but mostly because George ( the client) is a good friend of my uncle, a great fine-art painter. So yeah, you don't want to screw that one up.

I knew I cannot go with that e-shop just-shoot-them-on white (which was something I was expect/paid to do) route cause sterile photos like that almost makes me want to vomit and I'm a terrible technical photographer- my horizons always falls, lines on my photos are weird-ish and I have no clue how to work with that colourful chart. I had to do it my way. Dark-ish wide-angle portraits of an unique design handbags.

It worked for both of us and we started working together more across the whole year. This leads me to a couple weeks ago, when I got a call if "I'm in town and could shoot some more?" You probably know my answer:)

But I was in town only to visit my lovely other half so I didn't have any strobes or speedlites with me-great chance to finally try those fluorescent constant light.

Which in my case is just a fancy name for those strip lights under the kitchen cabinet which I bought two for 15$ a piece, tune them with a duct-tape barn doors and tape them to a broom handle.

30$ worth of light and a Fuji X100 compact camera.

It has to work

Poor lightning sketch:

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