'flat shot product photography?"

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  1. photong

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    Does anyone know what flat shot product photography is? I don't think this is the only name it goes by.

    Here's an example.

    http://www.pleasemum.com/product_thumbs.php?category_id=30&sub_category_id=172

    See how the clothes are flat, and no ones wearing them?

    I've also seen (I think Cafepress is a good example) the clothes filled out with no one wearing them. The only way for this one i see is to cut out the person, or use a green screen..?

    How do they do this?
     
  2. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A little cloth or padding in the right place is all it needs to give the impression of shape. If you note in the example you give, its not a fully "human" shape, but just some curves in strategic places that give it a little contrast and "sense" of life.

    It is easy to photoCHop out heads and arms... lol... but its a lot easier to just lay the item down, fold in a specific manner and add some "lumps" in the right places to make it look a little more life-like.
     
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    In the link you sent, it's just lying on a white background and lit very evenly.

    To get a filled look, you can put clothes on a bright white mannequin and light brightly and evenly, then clean up in post. You can try masking/extracting but your mannequin will have to contrast with the clothes anyway.
     

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