Advice needed on shooting products..

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by fotografica, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. fotografica macrumors 68040

    Jan 7, 2006
    I would appreciate any info or input on the best way to do product photography? I make handmade custom fishing lures,and I would like know the best way to photograph them..Thanks in advance...
  2. astrostu macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2007
    Buy or make a light box. That will allow an even, diffuse illumination.
  3. J'aime macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2007
    You might want to take a look at the Picture of the Day thread. Freebooter posts a lot of really good pictures of insects. It may give you some ideas on how to set up a picture that looks professional and artistic as opposed to an ebay-esque snapshot. Be sure to use a macro lens to get the details.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The "standard" method is to mount the product over white of coloed paper background and then place some kind of frosted white translucent material over and around all sides of your little set. Place the lights outside of this and shoot through. The lighting will be very even and defuse.

    Later go in with photoshop and "clone out" any supports you made (with wire or whatever) to hold the product. In the "old days" making the supports invisable was one of the hardest parts but now, you just paint them out.

    You may not want perfectly uniform light so experiment using only ne light or with different difuser materials. For starts you can use a one galon plastic milk jug as your "light tent" but white nylon works and I've even used white xerox paper.

    Use a white card to take a shot that yu can use the white balance all the others. Shoot a new white card shoot every tiome you move the lights.

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