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Why do my stock photos always come out gray?

Images rarely come out of the camera ready for use, but need more or less post-processing, depending on how well the original exposure was made. Adjusting levels, brightness and contrast of the image ...
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Why do my stock photos always come out gray?

The white background you are using comprises over 90% of the image area. Your camera, as is most cameras, is calibrated to assume the wall is middle gray. You can easily make manual exposure setting ...
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The meaning of Y in sRGB color space

The table shows the CIE 1931 xyY color space equivalents for the 3 primary colors of sRGB and for white (sRGB 1 1 1). So all the table says is: ...
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Why do my stock photos always come out gray?

The background looks gray because you made it that way. In your original image, the lightest part is (.85, .85, .85), in other words "gray". Here is your original: Simply making the lightest part ...
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Why do my stock photos always come out gray?

If you want the background to be pure white and not lose the highlights of your objects then you have to make the background brighter than your objects. To do this requires separating them enough to ...
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How can I blow out the background with a single flash?

You're making this way too hard. You don't need to light the backdrop perfectly evenly. If the dimmest area of the backdrop is blown out the rest of the backdrop will be equally blown out. There is no ...
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What light to use for my white background?

It doesn't matter if one side of the backdrop is getting more light than the other. You just need to expose in such a way that the dimmest part of the backdrop is completely blown out. You'll find ...
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How can I blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground?

If you are only going to shoot a couple of products then shoot it on any neutral background and send it to an external masking service. They are really cheap, quick and the result is perfect. bright-...
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How to photograph subject on white seamless background using continuous lighting without post editing?

Assuming you won't accept wire or fishing line... For the lightbulb example (Test 2) I suggest you rest it on a white block instead of the floor, that gives you more separation from the floor and a ...
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Why can't I get a decent white background with product photography?

You can try overexposing the white background and see if that helps. You can achieve this by adding some gap between the product and the background and firing a flash from that gap onto the ...
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The meaning of Y in sRGB color space

Government regulators that control TV broadcast transmissions were faced with the problem of allowing color TV to be broadcasted without hampering the majority of TV sets that were monochromatic (...
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Why do my stock photos always come out gray?

Taking your first example photo I see three issues : Exposure : As explained by Alan Marcus's answer you have under-exposed quite a bit. Uneven lighting : The background is clearly brighter at the ...
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Silver Bracelet Photography with 100% pure white Background

It's probable that the example bracelet is sitting on a light table, being lit from underneath. This makes things a little simpler since you have no shadows, and the light source won't be bouncing off ...
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