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3 years 3 months ago #5183 by jerry
I've been interested in Product Photography and thought I would like to somehow get into this type of photography. So far no luck and I don't really know how to persue it. Anyway, I have a "redneck" type of product studio using ceiling fan lights, external flash bouncing off the ceiling and to fleet farm flood lights.

I occasionally look at their product shots and feel I can do just as good in most cases, This one the background mite be a tad dark. But how is the subject lighting and angle?
Hopefully I'll get a critique from Greg :)

Thanks.
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3 years 3 months ago - 3 years 3 months ago #5187 by Brent Ross
I'm not expert but

Good angle
shadows hard under car
Looks like there is some clipping in reflection on the "3" and on whites
Last Edit: 3 years 3 months ago by Brent Ross.

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3 years 3 months ago #5188 by Brent Ross
also, Greg is going to murder you for not using flicker lol

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3 years 3 months ago #5194 by Conor Casey
I'm in the same boat as you Jerry in that I like the idea of product photography, but don't really have the necessary equipment one might need to get perfect lighting and such... :( I guess I'll keep saving.

Agree with Brent about the good angle you shot from and about the harsh shadow under the car. The lighting doesn't really pop for me either so it's a bit flat too but a good effort nonetheless. Have you seen Greg's video on High Key lighting? I think it could be a help to you and your product photography. :)



Also, I've moved this topic out of the "Suggestions" category and into the correct section of "Photo Techniques". ;)

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3 years 3 months ago - 3 years 3 months ago #5205 by Luke
What are you using for the white?

If you can get a clear piece of glass or plastic and make a sort of table with this on top, and then place the paper or fabric on top of this and shine light up through this onto the bottom of the car it can remove the shadow.

My explanation is kind of hard to follow so here is a small diagram

The red is the clear glass or plastic
The blue is the white paper or fabric
Black is supporting the glass or plastic
A is a light pointing at the glass or plastic and b is the car.


By shinning the light (A) through the glass and the paper or fabric and onto the bottom of the car, you are adding extra light to the bottom of the car and can use this to remove or reduce the shadows.
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3 years 3 months ago #5206 by jerry
I am using white, somewhat reflective foam board

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3 years 3 months ago - 3 years 3 months ago #5207 by jerry
ok, so I tried to redo the shot, moved the lights closer, I do not have a filter to cut down on glare yet for the lens I was using. But I think its a little better considering the equipment I am using.



Car by jerryfictum , on Flickr
Last Edit: 3 years 3 months ago by Conor Casey. Reason: Added a direct share via Flickr. :)

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3 years 3 months ago #5208 by Conor Casey
I think it looks much better Jerry. Good job! ;)

Also, I've edited your post and added a direct share of the image via Flickr. Take a look at the Help section to share directly yourself.

Thanks for sharing.

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3 years 3 months ago #5210 by jerry
I am not sure which code to use, there is like 2 sets in the BBC box or whatever.

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3 years 3 months ago #5211 by Bill
Jerry do a search for DIY light box, you'll find a ton of results on what you need to create a decent lighting box on the cheap. You can also make a nice diffuser out of vinyl drawer liner(which works really good).

DIY light box:
digital-photography-school.com/how-to-ma...expensive-light-tent

DIY Diffuser:
digital-photography-school.com/forum/tut...ong-alternative.html

You can add multiple lights to the light box to reduce the shadows even more! :D

AS far as the BBC code goes, select more ways to share. Then 'Grab the HTML/BBCode', tick the 'BBCode' radio button, then copy and paste the link into your post.

-Bill
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3 years 3 months ago #5212 by jerry
Ya, but it looks like theres 2 sets of codes, do i copy and paste the whole thing or just the top or just the bottom? Theres 5 lines of coding in that box.

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3 years 3 months ago #5213 by jerry
Right now I can't even afford to purchase DIY stuff to make a decent set up, I have what I have and thats it..for now..it make it work the best you can with what ya got. I have looked at DIY stuff. Heck B&H has a little product studio with light sources i think for like 50 dollars.

I look at it this way, if i can do a decent job with (extreme bottom line (equipment)), Then I should be ok if I get better stuff.

Well, theres some logic in there somewhere..lol

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