In some cases, you may want to bring in artificial light. While it can be tempting to use something like a desk lamp to help light your product, it's best to avoid doing this. This is because the colour temperatures of the two light sources will be different – the light from the desk lamp will be more yellow than natural light, making it harder to get the white balance
correct in the final image.
It's far better to use either a Speedlite flashgun, such as the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT
, which delivers a light output with a colour temperature similar to daylight and won't impact the white balance. Mounting a large softbox diffuser
on a remotely positioned Speedlite
can deliver excellent results.
If you're short on space or want something a little more straightforward, desktop LED lights are a great alternative. When choosing an LED light, make sure that you can set the colour temperature to around 5,600K (Kelvin), meaning that the warmth of the light will match the ambience of natural day light. You should also consider choosing an LED light with a high Colour Rendering Index (CRI) value – 95 is the golden number here, with anything lower negatively affecting how the colours appear in your images.