Product photography ~ Second thread

Discussion in 'Commercial/Product photography' started by edmdusty, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. edmdusty

    edmdusty TPF Noob!

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    Hi all. I've been having a lot of fun with my DIY product studio. I like shooting products more than people. I think it's because I like to take a couple hours and just mess around with the lighting. I feel kinda like a mad scientist in my laboratory. When I'm shooting people I feel so much pressure to do everything all at once. With products I can make the product look good, then move on to something else. Here's a shot I did of my cell phone. Unfortunately my cell phone is old and grungy and also the sheet of glass I shot through was dirty and scratched even after I cleaned it up. I cloned out most of the junk in photoshop, but I had a lot of trouble getting the black gradation part to clean up nicely. Does anyone have a recommendation on how to clean that up?

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    Here's my set up for the shot;

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    Something like this ?

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    Dodge and burn in LightBox and crop and sharpen in FastStone, both free programs.

    You can do to same thing in Photoshop, I like the air brush tool...

    Try angling your top light more towards the backdrop and the gray will go away :)

    Cheers, Don
     
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    For small stuff you may want to consider a light tent.

    This quick and dirty shot is in a 28" light tent, 45w CF bulbs in 10" reflectors on each side, 26w CF from above, gray backdrop...

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    Cheers, Don
     
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    Love your shot. Especially the light fall off of the background and the detail in the black. Only thing I can say is next time try the shot way stopped down. ƒ 16 or 22 or whatever the sweet spot. As far cleaning it up you can clone in photoshop. May be easier just to re shoot with a cleaned or different product.

    Love & Bass
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Heh heh..... how are we EVER gonna get you out that tent, Don?

    -Pete
     
  6. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    LOL

    In my defense Pete, it was the only way to get a shot without the lights showing up in the lens face :)

    Cheers, Don
     
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    Thanks for the recommendations everyone. I agree about the light falloff. At first it was accidental but then I made an effort to maximize the spotlight effect. The cleaning up in the shadow I was referring to was the inconsistency in falloff and smudges from dirty glass. I like the idea of re shooting. I should find a friend with a new phone and get a brand spanking new piece of plexi glass.

    Does anyone know of anything that can get glass/ plexi glass spotlessly clean?
     
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    Well... I wouldn't try plexi. It's just too easily scuffed. I went to a glass shop and had them polish the edges of a lite of double-strength glass. That helps prevent getting cut while handling it. I got a fairly large size and was afraid single-strength would be too thin to use as a table.

    I wouldn't have thought of shooting through the glass. I would try to suspend the product and then retouch the supports.

    -Pete
     
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    Here's a thought, use a light tent :lmao:

    Seriously, keep the plexi but use banner paper for a backdrop... it's thin enough to light from beneath. Kinda the opposite of what you're trying though...

    Glass would give you less of a distortion problem than plexi....

    A sample shot...

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    Cheers, Don
     
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    That's not quite the same shot. I shot mine from through the glass from below the cell phone. I used that glass that was on my desk. If I have a brand new sheet it should be fine.
     
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    Cheers, Don
     

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