That is not good enough. Get 50W to a lot more (Daylight balanced CFL). Stores do not have a very good selection. Go to eBay or Amazon.
I've ordered a LED globe (cool white, 5500-6000K) from an Amazon.it marketplace seller (costed 15 euro including shipping), hopefully I'll receive it in the next days.
Reflectors: Try looking into reflectors that you can fold to very small package and springs to full size. I don't know if there is a technical name for it. Also silver reflector umbrellas. Which also take very little room to store and quick to deploy.
Now I'm using just two pieces of cardboard with some aluminum foil taped over it, I'm keeping the cheap route to see what I'm able to learn and what results I'll get. While surfing on Amazon I've seen a set composed of 2 umbrellas (each one with a CFL bulb) and a big reflector screen (about 7 x 5 feet), it costs 120 euro. Maybe I'll consider it if I'll see I'm able to get quality pictures.
BTW, here is my last photo:
I made it this way:
- sunny day (one of the last until next spring I suppose), about 1 pm, table placed under a window facing South with a white curtain to diffuse the direct sunlight;
- placed a big sheet of white paper over the table, then set the white balance on the camera (luckily my cheap camera has this option);
- placed the pie on the paper (with something underneath to not be in direct contact, of course);
- placed the 2 homemade reflectors (if I consider South as 90° then I put them at 30° and 120°);
- put the tripod in place, set the camera at ISO 80, shutter speed 1/60, self-timer at 2 seconds (to avoid shatterings after clicking the button).
The only manipulation of the photo was resizing and saving it as jpg, I didn't change/touch anything else.
I'm quite happy with the result, now I need to find out if it was a lucky shot or if I'm really starting to learn.
If you wonder what the pie is, from bottom to top it's made of:
- Tonka bean flavoured shortcrust;
- sweet potato "jam" (don't know how to translate it in English);
- almond crumble.