Questions tagged [product-photography]

Questions related to photography that involves a single defined subject that is typically intended for product documentation or advertising.

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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 do I photograph large appliances with glass doors for product showcasing?

I have a Canon m50 camera and use the default lens that came with it, a 15-45mm lens. I work in a company that makes stainless steel products, many of them with glass. So the problem is that there ...
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

I do a lot of writing about tabletop games, some of it paid, professional work. Often, editors ask that I also supply photographs of the games in play to illustrate the articles. I know very little ...
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How can I inexpensively create the white backdrop look?

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 photography?

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 can'...
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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 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 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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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

I am starting my own business and need to take photos of my products. However, the lighting in my apartment is not that great and it is also cloudy and rainy outside, so no sunlight in here or ...
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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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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 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 get rid of this orange tint and reflection while keeping my label well lit and visible?

Image results and studio lighting set up Linked are the images of my set up (2 grid strip boxes, 1 softbox, and using 3 x800 white lighting strobes). I'm using the large softbox as my background ...
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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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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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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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What causes color artifacts on the strings while shooting guitars?

We're doing a photoshoot of a guitar collection. The photos are coming out great, but there is a specific color aberration on the strings. The guitar strings are braided by a thin metal wire, which ...
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How to have a sharp product image?

I am trying to get my images sharp, but I always notice there are some blurry edges that are further from the lens. I basically set my ISO to 100 and tried to work my way from there. Since I was ...
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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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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 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 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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Shooting glass product with embossment

Have been going crazy trying to wrap our heads around our problem for the past 2 weeks trying to find the right equipment settings, position our camera and lights for photoshoot. We need to take ...
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Why does the same product look different in my shot than it does in an example from a different studio?

I am taking photos of two products which have same shape and size - only their design is different: The picture on left was taken using a different camera/lens in a studio, however the one on right ...
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Avoiding reflections when taking close-ups of a wrist-watches dial

I am currently trying to make a close-up of the dial of a wrist-watch. The result I am trying to achieve should look like this: My biggest problem is that the glass reflects almost everything. The ...
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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 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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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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Lighting on highly reflective surfaces - chromed Dobro guitar

TL:DR - is there a better/smarter/easier/more convincing way to light this? I've taken on the challenge of photographing a friend's guitar collection. I don't anticipate difficulties with most of it. ...
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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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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 all of the text on a reflective surface (DVD case) in focus?

I've recently upgraded to a Nikon D3400 Single Lens Kit (18-55mm) from a Pentax Optio A10. Aside from family photos, I would also use the Pentax take photos of DVD cases (for listing on ebay) using ...
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How can I get more of this macro photo in focus?

I want to make a full focus on the body, for example: I need to have a clear focus on the each balls in the photo. I used just single point focus. In this picture I used: shutter speed: 8 aperture: ...
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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 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 to reduce shadows on product photos when there is no room between the subject and the background?

I sell horse equipment and my photos are created against a white background with the items on hooks right against the wall or background. I get a lot of shadows, but it is the only way to display the ...
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What colour for background extraction on plant photos?

I'm working on a plant store website. Usually, for product photos, we use a green screen background so that we can remove the background and use any background we want for the product. But for plants, ...
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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 can I improve my photographs of bedsheets for use in an online store?

Background I sell bed sheets, I usually get product images with complete bed room set, while I wanted just bed sheet digital print image that I can use in any bed room mockup, to test different ...
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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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How to hold a watch for product photography?

As commented, I'm doing some product photography for smartwatches, I want to achieve certain "poses" with the watch... I have tried different options like plasticine but, the shape and angle of the ...
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How can I make product photos with solid-colored backgrounds?

I'm trying to achieve an effect so the part of the product photo is filled with a solid color background, something similar to: Currently I have two ideas on how to implement this: Shoot a product ...
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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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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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What causes a band-like pattern in photos of a CFL?

In an image 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 thing happens when I try taking a ...
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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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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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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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