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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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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 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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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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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 can I avoid these colored shadows in my product photos?

I am trying to get the best quality images of these products using a lightbox/light tent (similar to this one). I am using a basic Canon IXUS 960IS without a tripod. As you can see I keep getting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 ...
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How can I make a Canon 550D shoot continuously for longer than 15 seconds?

We have a Canon 550d and have purchased a turntable to create spinnable products on our website. However, we are having an issue. The turntable takes exactly 60 seconds to perform a full rotation, ...
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How to photograph a paper-boat in the river?

I have this idea of taking photo of a handmade boat and show it as it is waving in a river!... Here is a normal photo of the boat itself: My camera is a semi-professional Canon! Ideas about the ...
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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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Windows-based tethered workflow and automation solution?

I'm setting up a product photography area for a client, where they have a camera (probably a Canon DSLR) tethered to a Windows laptop. The ideal workflow would be one where the client could shoot, ...
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How much light do I need for handheld product photography in a lightbox

I have a large-ish lightbox similar to . I would like to use it with a handheld camera. How do I go about calculateing how much light I need? I would like to use cheap continuous lights. Is there a ...
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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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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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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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How to take a picture of a mobile phone or tablet in a hand effectively with or without post processing

I want to take pictures of hands/people with mobile phones including the screen. What is the best way to take the photo to get a clear image of the hand/person and have a clear image of the screen. ...
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How were these “harsh light” photos of objects on a white background taken?

Does anyone have an idea of how were these photo taken?: http://cl.ly/bl6j/shots.png, for example: I need to shoot some stuff for my design portfolio in this sort of style. I really like the strong ...
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How to get more clarity and less shadow when photographing jewelry?

I'm shooting on the AV setting on a Canon 7d with a 60 mm lens. I've got two standing lights + natural light, with the jewelry inside a lightshed. My aperture is about f8-11. These are for online use. ...
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How can I properly take advantage of this equipment?

I'm a newbie to photography yet I have been asked to "figure out" how to do certain things. Now, before ending up here I went old-school and picked the manual to the camera I was given (Nikon D3100), ...
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What is the best way to photograph iridescent glitter?

I'm trying to shoot a photo of a textile with iridescent glitter glued onto it, but I can't get enough sparkle from the glitter. Basically a whole strip of glitter appears clear with a few sparkles ...
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Shoes photography [duplicate]

I am in need for a technical solution for a shooting of shoes. I have this reference: Could someone please advise on the fallowing: Do I need a light box like this one? What is the correct ...
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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 ...