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Suggestion for home studio lighting equipment/set up for ghosting(invisible mannequins) garments/product photography?

I've look around and can't seem to find any specific product photography information on ghost/ghosted/ghosting/invisible garments, so I thought I'd ask! I have some other questions as well so I'll ...
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How to take product shots on a green screen background?

I am trying to take some product shots against a green background. The reason is that I need to be able to separate the background so the products can be photoshopped onto any background. The problem ...
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How to make a glass bottle glass look like glass?

The bottle is made of glass but in a photo could look like either glass or plastic. How do I make it look definitely like glass so there is no question about it? To make things harder, the glass is ...
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What are the best resources for Indoor Product Photography?

I would like to know if there any good online resources for indoor product photography ? Preferably with a Table Top setup. Im looking for commercial grade product photography tutorials/resources. ...
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Tips for shooting playing cards?

I would like to shoot playing cards (a deck of 60 cards and a big deck of 120 cards) and have questions regarding lighting and composition: What are good camera angles? Would you lay them flat on a ...
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Shadowless product photography [duplicate]

My setup is: 1, Bounce umbrella 2, Shoot Thru Umbrella 3, camera :) Lighting: The result: I think there are too many shadows. Is there any way to avoid shadows with this setup?
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How can I create an inexpensive white backdrop?

I'm about to do some more clothing photography, this time with the clothing flat on the floor and the camera looking straight down at the subject. Does anyone have any tips for creating an ...
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How do I best photograph house and office plants?

I have just taken over responsibility for administering a garden center's website and marketing. The website is new (and if I'm honest, not that good) but they had it built just before I started here. ...
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Overhead shot over a glossy suface

Disclaimer: absolute beginner to photography. Ok, so as I start learning the basics of product photography by browsing the web + trial & error, I came across one problem. I want to closely ...
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Why hasn't buying powerful lights improved my lightbox images?

I posted a question a few months ago regarding a light-box setup, and it seemed the general consensus was that I didn't have enough light... I've gone ahead and purchased 2 x 55w 3000lm 5500K 90+CRI ...
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Ultra white background on white transparent objects

I am in the process of creating an online shop that will sell plexiglass(acrylic) products. The material we use is crystal clear just like glass. Now, what i need is to have a completely white ...
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Are two 750W incandescent lamps enough for a 120cm light tent?

I bought a 120x120x120cm phototent for photographing clothing using mannequins. I already ordered 2x 5500K 150W(750W incandescent) daylight lamps, one for each side. I'm wondering if I will need more ...
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How can I improve these photos of porcelain tiles?

We are opening a new shopping website for bone china products. I was given some photos of porcelain tiles but they look much worse than they are in real. I wonder if there are any basic techniques ...
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Need a list of good Macro/Super Macro digital cameras [closed]

I'm looking for a good Macro/Super macro digital camera for taking pictures of small objects like stamps,coins, and jewelry. I will be using it for selling items on Ebay. I'm looking for a camera that ...
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How do I improve the results of photos taken in a light-box?

I'm having real trouble taking professional looking photos of a product. I purchased a light-box and I am using my Nikon D40 but the results are just don't seem good enough. I've also attempted to ...
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Setup for shoe photography

I have a friend asking me to create a setup to take shoe photos. So, I'm trying to pick up a perfect camera + lightning setup. As always budget and shooting space is limited. The photos should look ...
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How do I get more in focus when aperture is already quite small?

When doing a product shot like this, how do I get more in focus when the aperture is already so small. I don't want to get any smaller for the risk of introducing significant diffraction. Note the ...
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How do I take photographs of scientific laser products?

I have been asked to take some product photos of various scientific lasers. Most of them will just be simple shots of the boxes on a white background but I will also have to do an 'action' shot a bit ...
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What must I buy to take amazing product photos?

I'm looking to do some very high quality professional looking shots for my collection of various items. They are not big items, imagine camera collection or lens collection etc. What must I buy to be ...
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How do I remove the blur in my jewelry picture?

I took this pic with my Canon EOS 550D, using a tripod and artificial lighting. I don't understand why the image is blurred when viewed at 100%. There was no digital zoom. What should I do to get a ...
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Shooting a rotating product image - turn style?

I'm bidding on a job right now in which my client wants to see a line item for product rotation. In other words, when you roll your mouse over the image the product spins. Based on some quick ...
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How do i set up lighting to photograph a bunch of shoes for a website?

I have a couple of shoes I need to shoot- what would be the most effective way to set up my lights to get well lit products. Many of the shoes are highly reflective which adds an additional challenge ...
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For blogging about nail art: Should I buy a superzoom bridge camera or a DSLR?

Just what the title says really! I want to be able to take good product photos, close up pictures of nail art and also make nail art videos that look great. In case you hadn't guessed, I'm a blogger, ...
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How to do the ghost mannequin effect?

I'm looking into taking some product photography and I would like to get the ghost mannequin effect, but I can't find any proper documentation. Something a bit like this: Can you please give a ...
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Is there a way to make a photo look good for the web but not for small prints?

I work at a professional photography studio and was given the task of creating a photograph that would look good on social media websites. At the same time, the image cannot look good for printing of ...
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Having difficulty lighting various reflective product packaging- use dulling spray?

Beginning photographer, first post- I'm trying to merchandize and shoot a product composition with a lot of beef jerky packages. The crinkly reflective packaging is proving really difficult to light. ...
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How can I set up lighting effectively if I have major space constraints?

I need to photograph clothes on a mannequin (will be doing the ghost mannequin effect) what kind of lighting arrangement should I use? I am very limited in space- about 6x7 feet. Lighting equipment ...
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Should clothing be photographed hanging or on the floor? and how should i set up my lighting?

I'm starting out in product photography & someone asked me to shoot some clothing for them- we checked out a couple of clothing sites to see what we like and found this site that has some really ...
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best camera between nikon 3200 and canon 600D for product photography and landscape photography? [closed]

I am about to buy either nikon 3200 or canon 600D . I will be using for mainly product photography and landscape photography . I checked both in the showroom and saw that nikon 3200 ...
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How to do the Ghost Mannequin Effect using GIMP? [duplicate]

How can I use the ghost mannequin effect using the GIMP software? I like to use this technique for clothing. I'm not very computer savvy. Can someone please explain in detail?
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How do you shoot lighting designs in a studio?

I've been contacted by a lighting design company who want photographs of some new designs they have, against a white background in a studio. These are lights that would normally be fitted to ...
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What product image catalog system do companies with thousands of products like Target or Macys use?

I'm planning on taking about 5,000 product images and I need to catalog them. I am aware of Lightroom, but is it used on a large scale? Is there another program that larger companies or organizations ...
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How to photograph an ice cube with a piece of lemon inside?

I basically want to recreate this stock photo (might be a 3D rendering). My current plan of action is to create fake acrylic ice cubes as found in this tutorial and put a piece of lemon in the ...
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How to take Nice Macro Photos with a Nikon CoolPix L26 16mp?

I am an OOAK Doll artist, and I sell my work through Ebay. I need to be able to take nice looking macro pictures of my dolls so they will sell. I use a Macro Photo Box, and I have 2 cameras an old ...
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Fluorescent/neon clothing

I am in charge of taking pictures of all of our products for our website. The new collections (clothing) are going to have a lot of fluorescent/neon colors. I have a small studio with a Sony alpha ...
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getting assignments (free or paid) or selling work - for beginners [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make extra money with photography? looking for ideas where i could take my photography to the next level and ultimately make up for the cost of equipment. ...
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How to take quality photos of products?

I have a product I want to sell online but when I take a picture of it, it has some sort of a background so it never looks quite professional. What I want to be able to do is take pictures which look ...
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Product shot of a vase with decals: reflections obscuring decals

I'm having trouble getting a good photo of a round base vase. It has a shiny round bulbous base with a decal which is being obscured by reflections. I've tried using a number of lights, umbrellas, ...
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What causes a band-like pattern in photos of a CFL?

CFL Image The image in the above link is that of a compact fluorescent light bulb. I couldn't figure out the reason for the formation of light and dark bands sort of thing in the image. The same ...
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Is the use of coloured lighting in industrial photography a bit… Passée?

I have been asked to do some photography around an aerospace engineering company, they make parts for planes basically. Having looked at their previous imagery stash, taken i think 2003 ish, the ...
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Where do I find stock photography I can use on a Shopify theme? [closed]

I am working on a theme for Shopify, but they require that you provide some stock images inside your theme to demonstrate how your theme would work in a 'realistic' context. The types of images that ...
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How can I improve my smartphone photos of a product for eBay?

I've got a 8.0 Megapixel camera (The camera of Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone). I need to take pictures of the product, and I want to make it look as best as can be! It's a notebook, and it even looks ...
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What lens do I need to do product photography with my Olympus E500?

I have an Olympus E500 camera passed onto my by my father in law and since fallen in love with photography. I now have a client who is requesting a product shoot of some of his products and I would ...
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How to photograph glass without reflections and shadows?

I'm working on Image processing issue and I need to take picture from automotive glass.the camera is mounted at top and the glass lays down at the bottom. I put a black textile at the back of glass . ...
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How to set up a diamond for photography?

I'm trying to take a photo of a small, princess cut (square), 0.5 carat diamond . I have hard time placing it on a surface as I would like to one of the diamonds sides to be flat on the table. The ...
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What are the key things to think about when photographing jewelry?

I'm trying to help my wife take some pictures of jewelry she made. It's not for commercial use, but think of the photos we're going for as being similar to what one might want for a commercial shot ...
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How can I capture both sparkle and detail when photographing jewelry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the key things to think about when photographing jewelry? I have some shiny stone studded bangles and diamond rings. I want to capture both the "sparkle" as ...
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What are the best techniques for making great photographs of LEGO creations?

There are better and worse photos of LEGO creations out there. What techniques give better photos? It seems hard to photograph LEGO blocks because they are shiny.
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Can I give a company a two-year license to product images, in the U.K.?

I am shooting products for a company. I wanted to know how I can give them just a two-year right over my images to be shown in the catalogue. Is this possible? Does this come automatically with ...
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How do I photograph coins with a glossy surface?

I am trying to photograph my coin sets. The coins are encased in a postcard-sized glossy paper that acts as mirror. I need to position my camera exactly on top of the card coin set. Unfortunately, ...