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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 ceiling-...
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How to photograph glitter and holographic glitter?

I need to take pictures of glittery items, and some of the items also have glitter that gives a rainbow holographic effect. When I take pictures using my DSLR the glitter always looks really flat and ...
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How to best take top down pictures of things organized neatly?

I was wondering if anyone has any major tips for taking images like this: I've tried some before but never quite managed to get that same, well lit, bright and straight shot. I also have problems ...
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Why can't I get a pure white background, even using multiple light sources? [duplicate]

Edit: THIS IS NOT a duplicate of Why can't I get a decent white background with product photgraphy?. Reading my question and the linked one you will see I HAVE ADDRESSED the issues suggested by ...
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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 well ...
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Why do some cameras have a blue lens shown in their photographs?

For example, from this Google search the middle camera is way more blue in color than the others. What is the reason behind this? Do these cameras have some special type of glass that results in ...
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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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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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Product Photography: White object on white background producing white halo

I'm very new to product photography and would like any newbie advice to the following problem: I have a basic light setup with 4 florescent lights with umbrellas with a white muslin cloth backdrop. ...
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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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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. are ...
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What is the best techniques to photograph large rugs?

I am trying to take pictures of small and large rugs. I have Canon 6D with 24-70mm lens. Could you please suggest the best way for mounting the camera to the ceiling, and any other recommendations for ...
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Would it be better to use hotshoe flashes or studio lights for a product shoot?

I need to make some shots of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super-professional pictures but I want something reasonably good, better than ...
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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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How to improve my product photo shoot to look like Apple's Mac Pro product site?

I'm trying to do something like this: And here's my first photoshoot: This was raw converted into jpeg, no post editing at all. Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (2) ...
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How can I deal with uneven highlights in product photography with a mannequin?

I'm new to product photography, what causes this blown out highlight in the mannequin's left hand as shown in the picture above? See the lighting setup below, I am using two softboxes as light ...
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How can I remove brightness from the bottom of a concave plate?

I have about 10 images of plates I am taking for posting on Ebay. The concave bottoms focus more light back at the camera giving a little more blown out area (see example). My grandmother, who is ...
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How to measure angle of tilt of a camera on a tripod?

I am dabbling with some product photography and since camera angles are so important the natural question I've is how does one precisely measure the angle of tilt of the camera on a tripod. Right now ...
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What is a good stationary setup for taking pictures of small paper goods?

I'd like to set up a stationary indoor photography station for quickly taking pictures of small paper goods such as: Boxes (small) Paper Large pictures Books (covers) Mugs Plates I would like to ...
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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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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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How do I eliminate this shadow from my product photography?

I've been taking pictures of shoes inside the box shown in the picture, and the lighting is on the ceiling on the inside of the box. I'm also attaching a picture so you can see which shadows I want to ...
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What lens for catalog-quality photos of long guns?

I want to take high quality photos of long guns (rifles, shotguns, etc.) having dimensions of approx. 6in.(15cm) x 66in.(168cm) for purposes of catalog display and insurance archives. These are ...
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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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Assignment Question: equipment required for product photography

I've come across this question in my assignment and i just wanted to see if my answer is some what correct? Question: An Advertising agency has hired you to photograph a large range of dry goods ...
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How can I blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground?

I'm looking for suggestions to blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground. I've tried putting the clothing on a plain white background that I typically use when shooting ...
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How to do lighting for product photography of scrapbooking stuff?

I have tried to do some simple product photographing. It is mainly some scrapbooking stuff my wife has produced, like candles and gift cards. Up until now I have been using my Nikon SB-700 for ...
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How should I position my lighting for photographing books?

This is my setup for photographing books: .. but I have issues with glossy books and magazines. I need help understanding the best place to position the lights so it covers the entire cradle (120 ...
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What kind of lens will be best for photograping cake toppers with a midrange Canon DSLR?

I'm a super novice photographer, but I own an online store and I want to give my photos more oomph. I own a Canon EOS 60D, with a EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 lens. I will be making myself a light box. I ...
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How can I improve my product photos of flat, wooden objects?

I don't know if the light reflections are this bad (What would you say?) but I can change the position of my camera to remove those. Could a lightbox improve the quality of my photos? Other thoughts ...
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Is there a way to achieve even lighting using one flash and a reflector?

I'm deciding whether to buy/rent lights to shoot my design portfolio and was wondering whether it's possible to achieve even lighting using one 500W monolight, shoot through umbrella and a reflector. ...
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How can I get a pure white background in jewelry photography, without losing sparkle and shine?

I've read through several threads similar to this, but I'm looking for a comparison of two options here. I currently take photos on a raised glass platform against a white foam board background and ...
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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 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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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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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 can I get my colours true for product photography?

I am struggling to get some colours correct in my product photography. I have used a gray card to set a custom white balance and also tried AWB in the camera, but still seem to have trouble getting ...
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Relevance of absolute light power in studio object photography?

While setting up a photo studio for product photography, I often read advice that suggests that one needs extremely strong light sources (1–10 kw total) if shooting without flashlights. I fully ...
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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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Photographing LEGO models [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best techniques for making great photographs of LEGO creations? Has anyone got any tips for taking photos of your creations? Lighting seems to be the major ...
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Product photography, wine bottles, recommended light setup on a budget

I am looking to create a shooting environment for product photography, particularly wine and beer bottles. I understand that this type of photography is very difficult to get good results and ...
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Product Photography without a Light Tent?

I am going to be doing some product photography but I am running into an issue. This issue is achieving the proper lighting. My ideal setup would be a light tent with a few lights and my issues would ...
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Optimal light source and camera for 360 degree product photos [closed]

I am using a light tent for 360 degree product photos. I already tried to take some photos and videos using 3 lights of 400 watts each. The resulting photos varied a lot in light intensity. When I ...
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Do I need clear or opaque plexiglass for my product photography?

I'm trying to set up a table for product photography (mostly shoes but clothes might be added in the future). We've already built a "table" (see attached images) and on top of it we're thinking of ...
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What are good ways to take pictures of wooden furniture?

Furniture is our business, both for inside the house as well as for gardens. What should we to keep in mind while taking shots of chairs, tables and cupboards?
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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 to create product photos that seem to pop out from the background

I went to this restaurant chain Vapiano and noticed that the items on their menu boards look like they are real 3D objects glued to the board. How is this effect created? Special kind of lighting? ...
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How to photograph a lightbulb?

I am trying to take a dramatic picture of a lit CFL with my 6-year-old Canon Powershot SD750 equipped with CHDK. It's pretty common simply to turn the exposure all the way down, but I wanted the whole ...
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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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How to photograph a tire tread without getting a bulge effect?

I'm a beginner in photography and have been assigned to photograph a series of tire styles. I have all the equipment needed, am just looking for advise on how to photograph a tire straight on without ...