How to Build a DIY LED Lighting Setup for Photographing Still Life

Professional commercial photographer Alex Koloskov has made an insightful video outlining some of the advantages of a DIY light setup. He demonstrates how you can build your own setup using LED light bulbs that are readily available in many stores for a fraction of the price of dedicated photography lights. He even gives an in-depth look at how to use the LED setup to create beautifully lit images:

Koloskov proves that using a daylight balanced LED light, like the Feit Dimmable LED or the Utilitech 90-Watt bulb, and a DIY diffuser and reflector (see the original post here), it’s possible to get acceptable images to use in your portfolio.

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Koloskov used two of these outdoor decorative LED bulbs for this shoot.

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The setup.

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Final image.

Kolosklov made the image above using just two of the Utilitech bulbs. One was set up on the side of the vase through a DIY diffuser. The second bulb was reflected at full strength onto the wall behind the vase.

The setup is an easy and affordable alternative to dedicated photo lights.

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2 responses to “How to Build a DIY LED Lighting Setup for Photographing Still Life”

  1. Jason Yu says:

    very nice tutorial. Alex is an amazing photographer!

  2. Wow awesome definition with the use of the LED’s. I really enjoyed the tutorial too. I think I’ll have to switch to the same technique.

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