How do they do it?

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  1. logmeinsucker

    logmeinsucker TPF Noob!

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    I am setting up a ecommerce site to sell mens clothing. I am not a photographer and I'm trying to find the cheapest way of photographing our range of stock.

    However I cannot get my photo's to be as good as this: [​IMG]
    http://media.burton.co.uk/wcsstore/Burton/images/catalog/22N07UBLU_thumb.jpg

    How can I get my photos to be this good? I mean, what kind of lighting do i need and would my camera Sony DSC W35 be good enough?

    I really do appreciate any feedback on this.

    Best regards
    Alex.
     
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    These are done by pro's in studio with thousands of pounds worth of gear and the knowledge of how to use it, you'll not come close with a P&S with on camera flash, it'll probably work out cheaper to farm the work out to a studio specializing in this type of work. H
     
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    Thanks Flash Harry.

    I suspected you would say that given the quality of the photos.

    But isnt there a way of getting images that are somewhere close to that quality without spending 000's or outsourcing it?

    Could you recomend a cheaper alteranative?
     
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    Try with halogen builders lights, any hardware store. Subject at least 5ft from white backdrop, use two lights on the backdrop, try and get it evenly lit and very bright, this will give you white rather than grey, then one light on subject at a similar distance from subject as the lights are from your background, move in to the subject or zoom so it fills the frame but try not to block the light, lock the subject exposure if you can, recompose the shot keep exposure locked, refocus and fire, thats about it for me not knowing what you use/capabilities etc, from there its a matter of trial n error till you achieve what you want.

    This is the cheapest setup I can come up with, these lights get very hot, keep kids away and dont leave them unattended/on or near clothing/rags etc etc, big fire risk. H
     
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    This shirt was also photographed on a special photography shirt posing manikin. You will need one of those if you want to get the shot right.

    This is something that you can take the time to learn. But you would be better off going to a pro.

    Remember these photos are what are going to be selling your shirts. If your photos look bad, no one will buy. At least if you get top notch photo you will know that you did all you could to get your business off the ground.

    Also I would recommend getting some good looking girls and guys to pose wearing your clothing.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm about to undergo surgery. Now, I'm not a surgeon, but I'm trying to find the cheapest way to get this done. So far, my attempts have fallen short. Is there a certain scalpel I should use to get better results?

    -Pete
     
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    OMG...wow. I needed that laugh today. Greatness
     
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    why not save yourself the trouble and just hire a professional photographer?
     
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    Hire someone to do a good job. It's obvious you don't know the first thing about cameras, lighting or photoshop. It takes a lot of work to make a simple product look "good".

    Why set your new business up for failure. If you can't afford a photographer to shoot your product, I think you need to re-evaluate your business plan.

    Are you also building your on website? If so, you should probably re-think that decision as well.
     
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    +1 for hiring a professional to do the work. You could always shoot it yourself and have it look like just another no experience start-up business. Professional quality, and exuding a professional business image requires professionals.

    You gotta spend money to make money.

    **Side Note** As someone who is into fashion, and dressing properly. I would NOT purchase cloths from a company that looks like they just shot their line with a point-and-shoot in their garage at home.
     
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    haha... well perfect example... After looking at that shot I realized how much I want... make that NEED that tie. And now after 20min of searching through that web site I can not find it. I'd ask you for a direct link, but seeing that this was posted 2 months ago and you only have two posts I doubt you will ever see this. DAMN! See, the photo (would have if I could find it) sold the garment. Had that been a lousy amaturish photo I doubt I really would have looked twice.
     
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    first, use your camera to make a right exposure photo and make sure it is sharp enough to see the details of the shirt. Noticed that you should use a white or a solid background. To prevent from creating a shadow (and if you don't have a professional lighting equipment), don't use a flash. Try to use a tripod and set it longer shutter speed to make the right exposure. Finally, use photoshop to make the adjustment.
     

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