Best Product Photography Lighting Kits for Any Budget
Published 25th March 2020
Having good product photography lighting is so important! Not only does good lighting look professional and make your product look great, it shows that you take your business seriously.
Finding the right product photography set up can be confusing, so today we’re going to look at the different options. It's worth spending a little time researching the best product photography lighting to suit you and your products.
Product Photography Light Boxes
A product photography light box (also known as a light tent) is a good choice for small to medium-sized products.
One of the big problems with creating a product photography lighting set up is getting even, consistent lighting from shot to shot. A product photography light box is an easy way of getting even, shadowless lighting without anything cluttering up the background or giving you unwanted reflections on your product.
If you are looking for bright, evenly-lit product shots for eCommerce sites, food photography, social media, or your own portfolio then light boxes may be your ideal choice.
Our range has something to suit every budget, along with a variety of different options and sizes.
The 'Hypop STUDIO PAL' Foldable Product Photography LED Lighting Box (25 inches) is a portable LED light tent that comes in three sizes: 18in, 25in, and 31in.
The STUDIO PAL has a choice of 3 backgrounds (white, black, and orange) to shoot your products on for variety. It also assembles and collapses down for easy transport within seconds. The daylight-balanced 5500K LED panels are attached to the sides of the box, so there’s no need to fiddle around with setting up flash heads and light stands, etc.
The Foldio2 Plus 15" Inch All-in-One Photography Studio Tent Box (Includes Triple LED Light Strips) isn’t just a light box.
It comes with a magnetic detachable roof cover so that you can do flat lay photography too. It has triple LED light strips that can be dimmed with a controller, and it makes a great mini studio.
If you like the idea of a mini studio but think the Foldio2 would be too small, then check out the Foldio3 25" Inch All-in-One Photography Studio Tent Box (Includes LED Lights and 2 Backdrops).
This is our largest light box, and you can photograph a wider range of items. It comes with triple LED lights, and also 2 backdrops (white and black) for more flexibility.
The Hypop 31" Product Photography Lighting Tent 'KONTENT KUBE' Kit is also a great choice for eCommerce, food, social media or portfolio photos.
This lighting tent comes with 4 backgrounds (white, red, blue, and black) for versatility, and 3 50x70cm softboxes and stands to give you flexible lighting setups.
The softboxes and stands allow you to move the lights around to suit the type of lighting you want, from bright and shadowless to dark and edgy.
If you want to learn more about using a light box for product photography lighting, check out our blog post.
Photo Table Kits
Photo tables are tables specially made for shooting products. The main reason you would choose a photo table over a tent is that you need to photograph items quickly and from different angles. If you have a large number of products you want to shoot, then a photo table kit is probably a good idea.
Photo table kits are a little more expensive than other options, but it’s a worthwhile investment and will help take your shots to the next level.
The Hypop 23" Product & Food Photography Lighting 'Work Hustle' Table Kit is great for shooting small to medium-sized objects and comes with two 50x70 cm softboxes to give an even spread of light.
The table itself is 60cm wide by 130cm long and is adjustable between 90 and 180 degrees.
If you prefer LED lighting to softboxes, then have a look at the Hypop Pro 'Foodie' Studio Photo Table and LED Lighting Kit (60x130). This setup is ideal for food as well as small product photography, and the table comes with a matte and a gloss side to give you different looks.
The 2 Spectrum Dual Crystal Luxe LED panels have adjustable color temperatures and come with adjustable stands.
Finally, we have the Hypop Large Professional Product Photography Table Double Softbox Kit (100 X 200 cm). This kit is great for taking larger product photos with, and the table itself is foldable for easier storage. The table has a frosted and glossy side and can be set up and taken down in 3 easy steps.
The double softboxes are 50 x 70cm, ideal for giving a large spread of light.
Studio Product Photography Set-Ups
The largest studio setups of all have to cover larger products, such as clothes on models or mannequins. For this, you will need something like the Hypop Photography Lighting 'STARTUP FASHION LOOKBOOK' Kit.
This kit is great for beginners or professionals who want to sell clothing on eCommerce sites, for large products, and for fashion portfolio shots. The kit comes with two 50 x 70cm rectangular softboxes, and an adjustable backdrop stand.
For the ultimate in complete large photography setups, check out the Hypop Professional Fashion Lookbook Kit. This is a professional set up for any fashion, portrait, large product, or still life shoot.
This kit comes with 2 QS400II Flash Heads from Godox, an XPro Godox transmitter to control the flash heads, 2 octagonal softboxes, 2 heavy-duty light stands, a backdrop stand, and a paper backdrop roll of your choice from our backdrop range! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the backdrop pegs and Godox CB-06 Lighting Kit Trolley Bag, too!
As you can see, there’s a wide variety of product photography lighting setups you can choose from - it all depends on your budget and the type of product or food photography you do. We have all kinds of photography lighting equipment in our product photography collection, so why not take a look?
Here are a few final product photography tips for you:
- Use a tripod to stabilize your camera for the sharpest, most professional-looking images
- Shoot the best photo you can. Don’t wing it and think you can fix it in Photoshop later. Doing it as well as you can in-camera saves you a lot of time and frustration in post-processing later
- Learn some basic photo editing. Take a class or read up some online tutorials in essential photo editing. Nearly all images benefit from some cropping, straightening, exposure adjusting, and colour/contrast tweaks. You’ll also want to learn how to cut out your images to put them on a pure white background for eCommerce.