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I elect not to answer your question. Really, there are two questions: One in your title, "How do I setup my studio for shooting large rugs from the ceiling?" And the other, "Could you please suggest the best way for mounting the camera to the ceiling, ...". What you ideally want A flatbed scanner is what your ideal solution is. You have a planar surface ...


Complementary to the other answer (by @b-shaw), which focusses on creating this effect in post processing, I'll try to explain how you can achieve this effect "in real life". Your camera captures light (fotons). So you need a light source (in your example at the right side, above the field of view of the camera) and something the light can reflect upon. ...


There are a few ways to do this. My favorite way is to use a tool called Rays from Digital Film Tools. I use it sparingly, essentially to reinforce light rays already in the image - Alternatively, you could create a Rays-like layer by hand in Photoshop and add that over the original image - perhaps at a 50% opacity ...


Black seamless is not what you want to be using to get a midnight grey background in a small space; it takes quite a bit of light to lift the values, and there's no way to sneak enough light in without making the paper seem glossy in spots. (With a lot more room, you can control the angles to avoid shine or use softer light without worrying about spill.) ...


You can make the post processing a lot easier by taking pictures in a big room without the background you want, where the walls are quite far removed from the model. You can even take the pictures outside. There you take two pictures, with and without the model using a tripod. The post processing to get the desired background then works as follows. In a ...


Bring the model as far forward as you can to open up as much distance as possible between the model and the backdrop and to bring the light(s) in as close to the model as possible without getting it in shot. You then drop the level of the lighting to suit the closer positioning As light falls off in accordance with the inverse square law, you have the same ...

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