High Gloss Guitar Photo Technique

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Todd Jones
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High Gloss Guitar Photo Technique

I asked this question on another forum as well

A family member of mine has a large guitar collection that we are going to photograph again. Last November I shot a some of them (he's bought many, many more since then) and I thought they turned out just ok. I made a very small iPad photo book in the iTunes bookstore (free- "Guitars 2013") and he had also printed 50 large calendars and gave them to family, friends and business pals of his. Now that was the first time I ever shot that type of photos, and this time we're going to start early summer so we don't have to rush for the calendar and I can take the time to add guitar info to the photos (type, brand, color etc).
When I shot the guitars last time I had a lot of problems with spotty glare off of the glossy surfaces. I set up 4 500 watt halogen lights bounced off the white ceiling (the room was cooking from the heat of those lights), used a tripod for most shots with my D700 & a Nikon 28-300mm lens (polarizer didn't seem to help much), and a D200 with a Nikon 105mm macro for some of the close up shots. Black table cloth and that's about it.
I did recently invest in a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G but I need advice on brightly lighting these guitars without producing spotty glare (i do like the even shine that shows the contours of the guitars) would probably have constant light but its not a necessity. Any ideas? Soft boxes? Umbrellas? Low cost would be great as I have pretty much spent my coin on that lens which I didn't buy just for this type of shooting.
Thanks in advance!--


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Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS
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