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I have been looking at some portfolios here and surprised that everyday objects as well as money, old stamps, collectables and just about anything is allowed to be submitted with no copyright issues. As I have a macro lens and a lot of collectable stuff I want to sell on Ebay, I may as well take good quality images of them to sell here also. The other subjects I want to photograph are my wifes artwork for submitting to design sites so it would be good to be able to kill 2 birds with one stone. I do not possess any lighting kit that would give good, even lighting with a white background so am asking for advice on what kind of rig to buy. I don't want to spend too much so the cheapest option with best results would be ideal. At the moment I am looking at this kind of thing and it's cheap enough. Any good ? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Portable-Photography-Shooting-Foldable-Background/dp/B074M7QHK4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1509534020&sr=8-7&keywords=photo+lighting+studio Thanking you in advance for your help.
I am trying my best to add to my portfolio on this great site. Now that I am fully retired from my previous life and as a studio portrait photographer, I am finding the change over to editorial stock interesting, challenging and sometimes frustrating. In my past life I was shooting Nikon pro cameras, D3, D3s & D4, along with all the big expensive glass. I'm now down to a Nikon D500 (APS-C crop camera), 17-55mm f2.8 DX lens and a Fuji X-E2 mirrorless camera with the kit 18-55mm f2.8-4 stabilized lens. Both cameras give me quality images. The D500 is astonishingly FAST! The image quality is superb. It's also quite large and definitely sticks out in a crowd. The X-E2 is slow to respond, has frustratingly slow shutter lag and no tilting screen. It does not draw as much attention as the Nikon however. I'm learning every day, by way of lurking on this forum mostly, as to what is selling on Alamy. Good editorial content that is relevant quite often requires people in the image to convey that relevancy. I am running into a problem using my Nikon and, even to some extent my Fuji, especially when photographing people. I have been approached several times recently and challenged as to why I was there with my camera, even once in front of a local big named grocery store. I'm thinking of going smaller, and consequently less conspicuous, by purchasing a smaller mirrorless camera like the Sony RX100 MkV or perhaps an Olympus Pen etc... I'm looking for some opinions on this and would like to know if you guys & gals run into the same situations. I hate confrontation. In my past life I dealt with that on a daly basis. I would just as soon not go down that route. I would like to know what some of you are using. Maybe a longer lens to be further away from the intended subject, smaller mirrorless camera? I don't know....opinions, thoughts? Thanks in advance, Rick