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How do I easily remove an almost-white background?

I want a "product shot" style photo of several small objects without any background (pure white background). Knowing the hours of work involved in properly deep-etching, but not having nice lighting ...
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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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Tripod need for general use with exchangable heads

I please need advice on choosing a tripod. I want to buy a decent tripod that I can use, but I also want to not just use it for outdoors, also indoors, but mainly outdoors. I have done some reading ...
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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 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 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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Why can't I get a decent white background with product photgraphy?

I'm a new photographer, and I'm trying to take photos of a product with a pure white background (#ffffff). I'm using a light box (something like this one), so my lighting should be solid. But I ...
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Tripod options for product photography [closed]

I want to start off with product photography. I am new to product photography and don't want to pay too much as of yet for equipment. I want to start off with a tripod. Which tripod would you guys ...
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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 take a photo of a close-up object without focus stacking?

I'm trying to get into product photography and took some fun shots. I'm talking about shots of my iPhone and things like that. What I quickly realize is that I am unable to get enough DOF. I'm using ...
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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 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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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 to light a product like the Apple Watch?

I want to take some product photography of watches, much like the Apple watch. What are the steps and tools to reproduce this? And also from the side
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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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Will a key light, a back light, and white reflector as fill achieve a white background for portrait photography? [duplicate]

Good evening experts. I have a Nikon D5200 with 50mm f/1.8 lens. Shooting fashion photography, and trying to get a white background. Would 3 point lighting with a white reflector as fill give me a ...
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What is a “pseudo mannequin”?

I am applying for a clothing store at Amazon and they are telling me pictures cannot be on a mannequin or a ghost mannequin, rather they should be on a real model or a pseudo mannequin. What is the ...
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How to best photograph clothes for ecommerce?

We are opening an Amazon store selling women's pajamas and would like to take good photos of our merchandise. We have 2 lens options: Nikon 50mm f1.8 or a zoom lens 18-105mm. What would you ...
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How can I improve my clothing photography with a limited budget?

I am shooting pictures for our sleepwear brand but I have limited budget/equipment: Nikon D40 Lenses: 18-105mm & 50mm f1.8 Flash: Yongnuo YN-560 Tripod We have some lights from the top that I ...
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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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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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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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How do I improve the quality of lowlight back-lit bottle photographs with a point and shoot camera?

I'm a complete novice at photography, but I want to learn to take pictures of "bottle lights". I have included an image which I took with my Samsung ST60, but as you can see, it looks terrible and ...
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Are there professional studios that are available to take pictures of sculpture?

I have built this sculpture, but I do not have the right lighting equipment or camera to take a really professional picture of this sculpture. But I need to submit a picture of it to the local museum ...
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Copyright of a product

If I were to take a picture of an item I own, lets say a backpack. And were to photograph it for product photo website portfolio. Are there any chances for legal repercussions for using this product? ...
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Photographing Signage

I work for a sign company and part of my job is taking pictures of completed projects. As of right now I have not been staging the signs or anything and am wanting to change that. I was planning on ...
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Looking for adjustable length hanging system

I do a lot of firearm photography and am looking for a better system for staging the guns. My current setup is a white muslin backdrop that falls down over a table. I then have an aluminum tube that ...
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How can I best photograph white powder so I can later cut it out of the background but keep natural shadows?

I need to photograph white powder in a circle shape and still retain the shadow. I've tried photographing on different coloured backgrounds as shooting on white is too tricky to cut out. The ...
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How to use a green screen to change the background color while preserving shadows?

I want to take a picture of my chair and place it in different rooms or apply different wallpapers in the background without losing the shadows or the lights in the background. First of all, do I ...
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How can I take horizontal photos where the object is lying flat on the floor?

How can I take horizontal photos where the object is lying flat on the floor? Do you know any stands/tripods which allow to point the camera straight downwards?
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How to make a 3d model from an object in a photograph?

This is my sofa : I want to make a 3D model in order to apply different patterns in post-processing; see How can I wrap a new pattern around a 3D object in a photograph? The blue area indicates ...
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How do I set up my studio for shooting large rugs from the ceiling?

I am trying to take pictures of large rugs. The rug size is about 10mx5m, and I'm planning to purchase Giga Pan EPIC Pro Robotic camera mount, and Canon 7D Mark II with Canon EF 50MM F/1.2L USM lens, ...
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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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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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How do I make a package look “heroic and important” in a advertising shoot?

I've been given the following assignment, and unsure what to do with it. An advertising agency has hired you to photograph individual "pack shots" of a range of packet soups. The soups come in ...
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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 properly do shadowless product photos?

My friend asked me to create a photo like this. I noticed that its shadowless and my first question is whether it was setup to be shadowless, or was it made shadowless in post? How many lights are ...
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How to take unreal looking flower shots?

I'm trying to take a shot like this: Here is my attempt. I have used a 100mm macro lens, with a ring flash. I've tried different lighting settings and manual control but they are not close to what ...
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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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How do I get this 'glare' effect?

I have been staring at this Apple Image & trying to figure out how to get this glare effect (which can be seen on the monitor). Someone knows?
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How do I price product photography? [closed]

I want to know what you would charge in this unique position. location: Atlanta products: various white china pieces; plates, mugs, etc. Photography: roughly 100 photos...25-40 single product ...
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How are these clothes pictures being photographed?

I want to know how these clothing sets are being photographed? is it on hangers or on the ground? How can I blow out the background completely like this?
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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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What type of lighting would provide slightly more contrast than a softbox for product photography?

I am a self-trained amateur and shoot product photography for my clothing company. My typical set-up is 2 500-watt continuous softboxes, lighting a product from above with each light just to the left ...
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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 can I take product shots of a flat (but not absolutely flat) reflective surface? [duplicate]

I need to make a photo of an iPhone case. The picture I've got with my rig used for other (non reflective) cases gave me the following result: Which I don't like as it don't shows the reflective ...
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How to photograph sparkly objects?

I've been having the hardest time photographing objects that are encrusted in rhinestones and capturing their sparkle. My understanding of sparkle is that it comes from two components: the dynamic ...
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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. ...