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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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How to avoid shadows on the background when photographing with flash in darker areas?

Ruined? That's a great photo! (If you were going for a sort of Halloween effect.) The position of the key light – off to the side and elevated – was perfect for this subject, and is ...
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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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How to avoid shadows on the background when photographing with flash in darker areas?

Despite the name of your modifier (Profoto White Softlight 20.5" Reflector), this is no soft light at all. The light source is far away and small enough to produce hard light on the subject. The most ...
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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 is the real bodyscape photography concept?

Which one of my two versions captures the real concept of bodyscape photography? I would have to say neither, since both images are instantly recognizable as a female nude with very little to suggest ...
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What is the best setup to take skulls / bones pictures?

Essentially this is product photography. I doubt bones require special treatment since they are not very specular. The easiest way it to use a light tent over a glass table with a light from below ...
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How to achieve this kind of softness in the details?

This is a photo of Rodney Lough Jr. from the Wilderness Collection, called "Day Dreaming". You have to select the image at the bottom of the page for more info and the high resolution version. It ...
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What's the difference between adjusting highlights and shadows in the basic panel and in the tone curve in the Develop Module of Lightroom?

The Tone Curve is an extension to the basic Sliders and thus provides a greater level of tone and contrast control by allowing the user to modify the various different levels of light within a ...
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How to make a shot when light comes from outside and subject is moving (Cannot use HDR)

The photographer can claim there are no reflectors all he wants, but there are several things visible in the photo that are functioning as reflectors! The pages of the book the child is holding are ...
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Why does a lens hood plus built in flash cause shadows on the photo?

Lens hoods attached to super-zoom kit lenses contain a shadow monster that is released when exposed to light from the built-in flash. Remove the hood to avoid letting the monster escape into your ...
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Why are there shadows in this photo of Prince Andrew taken with flash?

It looks like the light source is coming from the left to cause those shadows. Because it is. The shadows appear as a result of the difference in the angle of the flash compared to the lens.
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

Product photography is an independent and broad field of photography so if you want to achieve profesional results you should invest in learning how to do it, a camera that can control an external ...
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Lightroom: Any advantage to setting highlights/shadows before white point/dark point?

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book by Martin Evening has this cryptic sentence (Page 197): The tone adjustment controls are meant to be applied in the order they appear listed in the Basic ...
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How to avoid shadows on the background when photographing with flash in darker areas?

My short answer is just move the model a little further from the background. The rest are just some additional opinions. An additional thing is subjective, because it is modifying the light style: ...
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Does Lightroom accurately show highlight and shadow clipping?

Just to be clear: the clipping warnings and histogram in lightroom are tools for development of photos. Not for analysis of the RAW-files itself. The warnings does (in the best case) warn you if you'...
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What is the best setup to take skulls / bones pictures?

If the bones are not thick, using a paper scanner might produce much better results than taking a photo. You can even add some bright-color background paper to remove the background in Photoshop ...
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How to reduce shadows on product photos when there is no room between the subject and the background?

A two (2) light set up will do this deed. You can use pin-up lamps from the hardware store, best is reflector flood bulbs. Place one lamp high to simulate afternoon sun. Measure distance lamp to ...
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What to look out for when shooting in direct sunlight, causing hard shadows and shiny patches on water?

The answers to the linked question address two technical problems, angle of incidence and polarization associated with specular highlights. You should also worry about the clouds, they are way too ...
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How do I eliminate this shadow from my product photography?

More light (from more directions) might help. I've got a light tent somewhat similar to yours, though its construction is translucent on all sides, allowing me to light it from the outside. I've ...
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

Macro ring light, or large ringlight, depending on the size of your product. A ring light makes object setup easier than a ring flash. A macro ring flash is sort-of required for live-animal (such as ...
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Why are there shadows in this photo of Prince Andrew taken with flash?

You can work out the length of the shadow with some simple trigonometry: Here: A is the distance between the flash source and the camera lens B is the length of the shadow X is the distance between ...
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How can I get rid of shadows generated from light source behind object of interest?

This answer is going to explain partly why lighting from behind doesn't work, but I'm going to duck around a lot of the 'science' because though I understand the effect, I can't describe it in "...
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Does the internal structure of an umbrella-type softbox impact light quality?

I did some experimenting in order to answer basically this for myself in the question Is the Deflector Plate recommended when using a Westcott Rapid Box with the cover on? — where the "Rapid Box" in ...
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Do the clipping indicators in Lightroom show that the value is at the maximum, or beyond?

When looking to set a maximum black or white point, both scenarios you mention can be regarded as correct or incorrect as they both provide you with an indication only. If developing to export in ...
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Does Lightroom accurately show highlight and shadow clipping?

It does not show clipping in the raw file, it shows clipping on what you have generated from it. You will see that if you decrease the exposure or the highlights slider, the red area will change its ...
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Do I need clear or opaque plexiglass for my product photography?

The key to getting that look isn't really about what materials you use at all. It is about making sure there is enough light on the background to completely blow it out while keeping the light on the ...
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How do I eliminate this shadow from my product photography?

Use opaque white acrylic glas and light it with diffused light (softbox or so) from behind/beneath. Use a dull one to avoid reflections. My example is with glossy/polished glass, not dull. That is ...
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How to reduce shadows on product photos when there is no room between the subject and the background?

So MAKE space between sample and background. Hooks don't have to be on walls, they can be on other types of support. Maybe use black supports and photograph against black. This can be very ...
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What is it called when overhead lighting causes a face to be in shadow?

I'm afraid the answer is not very profound. The actual technical term for overhead lighting is "overhead lighting." In addition, it is always advisable to specify the type or kind, which you have. ...
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