how to take photo of t-shirts

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  1. cartess3

    cartess3 TPF Noob!

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    Any recommendations on the best way to take photographs of t-shirts that will be placed on a website? I have a canon xti with a couple of lenses. Firstly, I'm having problems folding the shirts so they can be presentable, but when I see other sites, I wonder if I should fold them...

    Here are a few sites I found that have tshirts on their site and they look great.

    http://shop.kerusso.com/s-4-new.aspx

    http://www.t-shirts.com/Default.aspx?c=1

    http://www.c28.com/shopping/productlistings.asp?category1=guys&category3=shirts

    The customer will have approximately 18 designs. I got all the right equipment (photography wise), but I'm trying to figure out the best way to setup the shirts.

    I shot a bunch of the shirts on a mannequin, but the client didn't like the mannequin idea:

    http://hippomarketing.com/tees.jpg

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Carl
     
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    firebird1984 TPF Noob!

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    When I shoot a t-shirt for a client I usually put it on a hanger and put cardboard inside to to give it more volume but dont put too much it will be boxy, pardon the pun. I also shoot it in front of a white background and in photoshop i take out the hanger using clone stamp.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've never done this before, but, if I were... *thinking* *thinking* I would iron the heck out of the shirt, insert several layers of tissue-paper inside (coloured to match the shirt), fold it the way I wanted, iron the heck out of it again and then position it.

    As far as the tech side, contrasting background, and illuminate with a couple of softboxes I think.
     
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    Rachelsne TPF Noob!

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    how about shootin like you did but on white background and then cloning out the neck and jeans?
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What are the t-shirts for? Are they generic T's with slogans on them, fashion oriented, old and holy?

    If it's for a clothing label some one has made, you could always one up the mannequin idea and do models. You can come up with some really good stuff that way.
     

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