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Product Photography using Light Tents such as Foldio

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Sam Posten, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Message #1 of 8 Jan 7, 2018
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    Sam Posten

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    Got my Foldio 3 in a few weeks ago.I have no idea what I am doing
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    but this is fun! Testing out on some new Benchmade, Kershaw and Buck pocket knives I have been testing out.

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    The results aren't bad for not knowing wtf I'm doing =)
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    DUST IS THE ENGMY!!!!! Also note that my 24-70 is out of alignment, so if the left edge is blurry, that is why. It's going back to Nikon soon.
     
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    Next stop: focus stacking.
     
  3. Mark Booth

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    Very nice, Sam! Great shots!

    I have a Giottos portable light tent that I haven't used in awhile. I use my Elinchrome studio strobes as the light source on the sides and/or top of the light tent. A couple of samples:

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    It comes in very handy when you want to sell gear. :)

    Mark
     
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    VERY cool!
     
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    This is ALL very cool.

    Thanks for the shot showing the rig, Sam.
     
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    Those are some outstanding results, Sam and Mark!

    My wife has been selling a lot of stuff on Ebay lately. She just uses her phone to take pictures of her items. Maybe I can get her to use some of her earnings to spring for a setup for me. ;)
     
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    I haven't wandered into the Photo section for a while. You guys both did an excellent job on those.

    I have two suggestions to keep in mind.

    1) When photographing "things", especially food, but almost any product, you generally can improve the lighting by having a light (usually a spectral, non-diffused one) behind the subject. In fact, that light should typically be the primary light, with soft fill coming from above or slightly in front. It produces an attractive "sparkle" in the photo.

    For example, the sample shot I posted a while back for my new tea photos...

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    The primary light is a reflector behind the subject. It gives the item more dimension and, like I said, sparkle. Look at some of THESE pics of food. Not all of them have non-diffused light from behind, but most of the best ones do. Notice in particular the burrito, the skillet of stir fry, the tomatoes, etc. Then compare them to the ones that just have diffused light from in front of the subject. They just don't have the same appeal.

    2) Avoid "split" lighting, where you have two light at equal angles, with a dark section going right down the middle of the subject.

    ...that's it...
     
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    Thanks for the tips!
     

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