Hand turned ebony pen body

Discussion in 'Commercial/Product photography' started by Don Kondra, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Greetings,

    I recently purchased an ebony pen from Brooklin Pen Works and decided to use it in a comparison between strobes/softboxes/light tent vs strobes/paper reflectors.

    For both shots I removed the ink cartridge and mounted the pen on a piece of wire stuck in a block of wood.

    This is 2 x Alien Bees B1600 with 2' x 3' softboxes from the sides with the pen in a light tent with a gray backdrop.

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    This is the B1600's with the stock reflectors and pen on a black paper backdrop with ~ 2' x 2' black paper side reflectors.

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    The light tent shot definitely doesn't show the color of the wood as well but I would have to reshoot without the softboxes to declare the non light tent shot the winner :sexywink:

    Cheers, Don
     
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    An interesting comparison that shows different subjects need different techniques N°1 is a more pleasing image, but does it represent the product?
     
  3. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    As a matter of fact the first image is the best at representing how the wood appears.

    The color in the ebony is barely visible in normal daylight.

    I'm positive if a client purchased the pen based on the second shot, they would be very displeased when it arrived.

    Cheers, Don
     
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    Don
    I prefer the first one using the reflectors. I shoot pens all the time and it can be a nightmare getting the tip looking correct, particularly if it is cuved and polished chrome. Straight sides are a lot easier but can still be very tricky. You have managed to get great depth in your image.

    You can see my images of promotional pens on www.pens.co.uk
     
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    I make pens and usually photograph them. As you pointed out, a minor variation in lighting can dramatically change the appearance of the item. Nice pen and good work isolating it from background for the photo.
     

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