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

In a reflective surface, the reflections are of the surrounding area. 1. The bigger the object the bigger space you need So, in your case, you need a really big space clean, let's say painted on white,...
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

I'm chiming in to introduce you to: the tub trick. Tubs are great: they're white they're shiny Combined, you get a place to set things that'll bounce around the light and provide for a mostly ...
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Why does the same product look different in my shot than it does in an example from a different studio?

We're talking about perspective here. How far you are from your subject affects the way your subject's proportions look. Try shooting the same thing with the 18-135, say at 135 mm, but this time ...
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How to have a sharp product image?

shutter speed 0.5 seconds This is likely to be a bit of your problem. The shutter causes vibration of the camera. So, too, does your hand pushing the release button. At faster speeds, this ...
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How to make a 3d model from an object in a photograph?

You can use Photoshop's Vanishing Point filter for this. It's easiest to use a 3D-capable version of Photoshop,¹ which I presume you have, since you haven't mentioned any other 3D software. There is ...
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How to photograph a lightbulb?

In the immortal words of the late National Geographic photo editor Bob Gilka, "Kid, if you want to be a better photographer, you're going to have to stand in front of more interesting stuff." That ...
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How to photograph sparkly objects?

First of all, it's important to realize that, when you photograph a reflective object, you're actually photographing the surrounding scenery as it reflects off the object. This means that it's not ...
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How do I photograph large appliances with glass doors for product showcasing?

Two basic techniques for dealing with reflections on glass should be known, albeit they will only reduce, not totally eliminate them - so for formal product photography, the advice about using an all ...
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How do I get a consistent White Balance when shooting different color products?

Don't use auto white balance - choose a color temperature that looks well and stick to it (or use a gray card if the color accuracy is important) Close all the windows - the daylight color changes ...
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How can I get all of the text on a reflective surface (DVD case) in focus?

Any flatbed scanner, such as that in a $75 all-in-one printer, will do a better job photographing DVD cases than a D5 or a Hasselblad.
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

I'm not a photography expert at all, but I have spent my whole life playing, buying, and most importantly looking at pictures of games of various kinds. I also have painted many miniatures and ...
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

Let's assume you have no equipment at all & are not going to be able to get any right now - then a cloudy day is the best you can hope for. A sunny day will make hard shadows, cloudy days don't. ...
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

Get a polarizer filter. You'd typically want the "circular" ones, though in this day and age you'd be hard-pressed to find one that's not. I noticed that your first and third shots show some ...
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How can I get all of the text on a reflective surface (DVD case) in focus?

To avoid the flash obscuring the text on the case, I would take the photo at a angle to the surface on which the DVD rests. Sounds like you're probably using the built-in flash on your camera. A ...
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How do I get rid of this orange tint and reflection while keeping my label well lit and visible?

What's illuminating the softbox in the background? I assume not just the strobes? Whatever it is, you probably need to reduce its intensity until it's just barely saturating. The brighter the ...
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How can I improve my photographs of bedsheets for use in an online store?

I can see several things you could do, based on the previous answer & comments, as well as the original question. [Some are repeats.] You need more light. Longer exposure if you have a tripod or ...
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

Construct an omnidirectional chamber. This can be a tent constructed using a bedsheet or a rectangular cavity constructed using snow-white Styrofoam sheets from Home Depot or white poster paper. You ...
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

This feedback covers the framing of the shots, less the technical aspect of it. I would dig more into the feedback you got - I was told recently that my image work needed to improve. What is ...
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What causes color artifacts on the strings while shooting guitars?

We've just figured it out. As Ben Rudgers correctly pointed out, the problem is caused by the lack of anti-aliasing filter on the Hasselblad sensor. It produces much sharper pictures, but with a lot ...
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How do I photograph large appliances with glass doors for product showcasing?

I use for reference the first half page of hits when I search "product photographs industrial refrigerator"… You'll notice the very first thing you are going to need is a white room, or if budget is ...
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What temperature lighting should I use for photographing old paper photos?

The color temperature of your bulbs is not as important as you seem to think. What is important if you require fairly critical color accuracy is that, regardless of the temperature their output is ...
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Shooting glass product with embossment

Two things seem apparent to me looking at this setup. First, the position of the subject appears to be a little further from the camera than the lights. Before you fool with the position of any ...
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Why are my product photographs not sharp?

I see very little to no noise in the example provided with the question. What is evident from looking at the example is blurring that can be attributed to the effects of diffraction by using an ...
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Product Photography: White object on white background producing white halo

The halo you describe is actually a reflection either from the background or from the rearmost umbrellas. (The silver lined ones in the picture). Remember that when light bounces off a surface it ...
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What should I consider when getting a camera for product photography?

Do I really need a DSLR camera for this? No. The smaller the objects you want to photograph get, the more difficult it is sometimes to use a dSLR, because of the more expensive lens requirements ...
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Why is live view so dark when I'm shooting with strobes?

You need to turn off exposure simulation in live view. Exposure simulation can only show you what the image would look like without flash, because the flash burst isn't in the scene until you take the ...
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What lens for catalog-quality photos of long guns?

@mattdm nailed it: I've been shooting long guns for a decade. The single most important factor is light. For a catalog-quality shot you need lots of good diffuse light, which you can get by bouncing ...
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How to photograph a tire tread without getting a bulge effect?

To do this optically (in camera) you will need to shoot the tyre from a long way away using a telephoto or supertelephoto lens. Being a long way away means the front of the tyre and back of the tyre ...
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How can I make a Canon 550D shoot continuously for longer than 15 seconds?

Reduce the image size. You surely don't want your customers to download dozens of 18 megapixel images just to see spinning products. That won't be the kind of user experience that makes people reach ...
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How can I make product photos with solid-colored backgrounds?

As a rule of thumb if you can do it in-camera then you should. If nothing else, getting that kind of mask right in post processing can be time consuming and fiddly. It all adds time to your workflow ...
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