Product photo with crisp green grass background

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John Deerfield Veteran Member • Posts: 3,411
Re: Product photo with crisp green grass background

Photography is a process. At it's most basic, you have three fundamental steps:

1. what is going on before you press the shutter button.

2. pressing the shutter button.

3. what is happening after you press the shutter button.

The camera has a very small part in step 2. And that is that the camera is the tool you use to record an exposure. A camera records light. Light is what gives us color, clarity, saturation and so on and so forth. So, if we look at the grass (which really isn't clearly grass as much as it is in the 2nd image) in the first photo, it simply is lit the same as the grass in the second photo. As an experiment, go look at the grass in the shade vs the grass in the light. You get two different "colors" of grass. And if you want nothing but grass, then you actually need nothing but grass. But make no mistake, the biggest difference in the two images is the light. And the camera has zero control over the light being recorded, the camera simply records the light.

Another large distinction between the two images is the depth-of-field. The top image was shot top down (more or less) with a 35mm lens at f/9. This gives us a deep DoF (more of the scene in focus). The 2nd image was shot at the subject level (the ground, not above), giving "distance" to the subject. It would have been shot using a much wider aperture, thus giving the image a shallow DoF (less of the frame in sharp focus). Now you can use your camera/lens to create a shallow DoF, you just need to know how. And in the case of the 2nd image shown, a lens that would allow for that aperture setting. On the other hand, if you frame the first shot the same way and use a wider aperture, you aren't going to get that much shallower of a DoF simply because of where you are positioning the camera to get the shot. And of course, the camera has no control over how you position it.

So, Google photographic lighting, depth-of-field, & learn about aperture settings. I might add to throw perspective in the mix as well. It's going to take some time, patience and unless you want to invest in lights, the understanding that you might have to wait for the right light to shoot in. Good luck.

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