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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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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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How can I photograph a reflective convex cylindrical trophy without reflections?

What I need to do: Take a standard "Product Shot" of an old trophy/cup with writing on that doesn't look a complete mess thanks to reflections What I have available to do it: Two radio triggered ...
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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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Why can't I get a decent white background with product photgraphy?

Im a new photographer, and I'm trying to take photo's of a product with a pure white background (#ffffff). I'm using a light box (something like this one), so my lightning should be solid. But I ...
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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 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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What is the best approch to photographing a mirror or other highly reflective surface?

I have been asked by a client to take some product photographs of some vintage mirrors that they would like to sell and I am struggling with getting good clear shots of the mirrors. As such, what is ...
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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 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, ...
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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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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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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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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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How to photograph flat plastic in an “interesting” way to show off its properties?

At work we are currently in the process of photographing samples of materials. The idea is to photograph them to show their structure/properties more than their shape (i.e. if we have a steel cog, we ...
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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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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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How can I get consistent backgrounds when shooting white objects on white background?

The problem is when I shoot white object, the background becomes much lighter. Besides that, white object "blends" with background. I'm not aiming for pure white background, slight grey (as on ...
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What equipment is needed for a basic product shoot studio?

Our college is setting up a photo studio in campus. Mostly the we do product shoots. We have some old strobes, softboxes to start with. We need suggestions on the equipments listed below. Which are ...
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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 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 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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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 get a consistent White Balance when shooting different color products?

I've attached an example photo. I can't seem to get the colors to be consistent across shots without struggling to manually tweak each image. What can I do to get a consistent White Balance?
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How do I work with ice and a glass bottle for a product shoot?

I have a bottle of vodka that I want to have the effect of being frozen with shards of ice on it. If I lived in Alaska where I could leave it outside and drip water over the top every hour or so, ...
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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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How to take a “bird's eye view” of a product at home?

I'm looking to take some images of deconstructed products arranged neatly. I believe its called knolling. However I want to be directly over and parallel to the items. The items will be layed out on ...
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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 is the impact of light-tent size?

In choosing a light-tent for product photography, I noticed the cost difference between various sizes is only a few dollars, so I started considering a larger tent than I presently need. The question ...
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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 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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Are there any downsides to using white printer paper as background for product photography?

We bought following background paper roll carton for product photography and we are very pleased with our setup and results, especially after post processing. Background super-white: ...
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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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How can I improve the dull colors in my product photography?

I try to shoot some pictures of apparel, lingerie, cometics on a white fluffy rag or a white paper board with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i + a Canon - Speedlite 270EX II External Flash on a tripod in day ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Flash gun vs Studio light for product shoot

I need to make some shoot of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super professional pictures but I wan't something reasonnably good, better ...
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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 ...