Product shot lighting advice for deep etching (8 pics)

Started Oct 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
Pones
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Re: Product shot lighting advice for deep etching (8 pics) - Thanks for the advice
In reply to Sailor Blue, Nov 10, 2012

Sailor Blue wrote:

Fabric wrinkles, which makes extracting the subject very difficult. I recommend you change to white paper. If you want the product sitting on the floor then place a sheet of white tileboard, 1/8" clear acrylic plastic, or this white plastic on the floor. The tileboard and acrylic will give you a nice reflection, the white paper or white plastic a shadow.

Larry's Cheap Shots - Awesome White Material

Suspend the cages from the ceiling with wires to get rid of stands and to make extracting the feet easier if you want a pure white background with no shadow or reflection.

Light the background with two strobes in tall strip softboxes. You should be able to get it to +0.7 ± 0.2 or ± 0.3 stops. Don't go any higher or you will get broad light source lens flare which will cause loss of subject contrast.

Keep the subject at least 6' from the background to prevent light from the background causing problems with the edges of the subject.

If you are shooting reflective products then lighting them becomes a bit more difficult. In any case I strongly recommend you buy and study "Light Science and Magic".

Light Science and Magic, Fourth Edition: Amazon.com

Here are some free Photoshop actions from Chip Springer for extracting from a white or gray background.

CSpringer's Digital Grey Card Action Tutorial: Software / Retouching Forum: Digital Photography Review

Thanks for the tips will look into those

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