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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-river.com is just one of dozens of services. If you refuse to pay anyone else for masking, or refuse to do the masking your self, you must face the fact that you ...


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A macro extension tube or a reverse mount is an excellent idea for a tight budget. I would look for a manual lens. Perhaps a Yashica, Canon FD, Pentax, I don't really know much about old lenses but they have a manual aperture and focus control. For your budget nowadays, you would normally get a cheap plastic standard lens with an electronic focus and ...


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Well, the first question you need to solve is the magnification you need. I've seen comments talking about reverse lens setups, but those are really for extreme amounts of magnification, and extreme amounts of magnification come with comparatively shallow depth of field. Taking a look at the video you referenced, the field of view appears to be a bit more ...


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Cheapo LED strips that are dimmable tend to flicker. That's how they control the overall brightness - by switching on and off rapidly. Many fluorescent light sources also flicker. Your eyes can't see the flickering, but your camera sure will unless you use a longer exposure time ("slow shutter speed"). Cheap LED lights also have parts of the visible ...


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Cheapo LED strips likely have a bad Color Rending Index and you will have color problems. Fluorescent lights are not dimmable(*) but even the cheap ones usually have a good CRI. (*) electronically, of course, you can always add some cloth, or put it farther away.


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