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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 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 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 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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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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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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How do you achieve this soft/glowing low-contrast black and white look?

I think what is really making the difference here is a misinterpretation of a colour profile/icc. The darker version might be Rec709 being misinterpreted as sRGB - one is a video profile, the other ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does a lens hood plus built in flash cause shadows on the photo?

Because the built-in flash is too close to the camera body, and therefore the lens blocks its light in the frame, causing a shadow. The lens hood can't be made smaller, or else it would not be ...
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Why do strange purple blotches appear in shadows when using a Camera RAW profile other than "Neutral"?

This looks like the shadow areas are clipping in one or more channels due to underexposure. Without risking the highlights of the image blowing out, there's not a lot you can do to avoid that in ...
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Why does a lens hood plus built in flash cause shadows on the photo?

The 2-cent flash diffuser, made by wrapping a piece of paper around the built in flash. Sample images:
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How to look at midtones, shadows and highlights separately?

What you ask is exactly the idea behind Luminosity Masks. Namely choosing pixels according to their tonal range. Think of creating a mask where high values (Pass through) are designated to a certain ...
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How to reduce shadows on product photos when there is no room between the subject and the background?

Shine (separate) light on the background, not just the objects. If you use flash, this is even more important, or you get hard-edged shadows.
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

Rudimentary light reflectors can be made by putting white paper in regular photo/picture frames. Position them so that the object you're filming is between the light source and the reflectors, and ...
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How can I get rid of shadows generated from light source behind object of interest?

Without any knowledge of your setup and what your objects looks like, it appears that the focus is off. It could be that the camera is closer than the minimum focus distance, or you didn't focus. ...
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Weird double exposure effects on images after sensor cleaning

Double check your modes... There are a couple that take multiple shots and combine them- iHandheld Night Shot, iHDR, HDR, and Multi Exposure. To be safe you might try resetting your camera to factory ...
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How do you meter shadow with Nikon FM2 built-in light meter

In contradiction to (handheld) spot meters and incident light meters, reflective light meters such as the one in your FM2 are harder to use for precise metering. As explained in this answer, spot ...
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

I ran across the same problem when photographing ceramic items for sale on Ebay. My wife found a portable light cage for about $22 and that works great. It is nylon fabric and looks like a tiny 3' x 3'...
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How do I plan for the lighting for landscape photography?

There might be an answer to your question now. With the release of TPE 3D, you can see the shadows and lights in the 3 dimensional world. Of course, this will not show you additional obstacles like ...
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How to reduce shadows on product photos when there is no room between the subject and the background?

Light the background with 2 lights one from each side behind the object. Have another to light the object. Make sure that the ones pointing at the background are brighter than the front light.
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