Beginner questions: 360 degrees product photography

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BasseH New Member • Posts: 4
Beginner questions: 360 degrees product photography

Hi

I need to start taking 360 degrees product pictures of electric appliances like Kettle, Hand Mixer, Microwave, Kitchen Machines, Coffee Machines, and so on.

I live in a small apartment and do not have a separate room to use as a studio so I need a basic and small setup that does not take up to much space and is easy to put away, but still can get me an OK result.

I have done some research and here are the items I am looking at:

  • Light: 1 x Aputure Amaran COB 60d
  • Light Stand: 1 x Not sure yet.
  • Softbox: 1 x Neewer Octagonal Softbox 24" / 60cm
  • Reflector: 2 x Meking 17x12 Inch 3 in 1 Light Reflector
  • Turntable: 1 x ComXim Professional 360 Degree Photography Turntable
  • Backdrop: 1 x Pino Studio 123cm x 90cm
  • Camera: 1 x iPhone 11 (with a pro app so I can lock exposure etc.)
  • Tripod: 1 x smartphone tripod (with remote control)

1. Can I use the "Aputure Amaran COB 60d" light with a softbox as top light and then 2 reflectors on each side to light the products enough and get an OK result?

Kind regards

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john g Contributing Member • Posts: 508
Re: Beginner questions: 360 degrees product photography

I shoot 360 videos on white, and it gets a little complicated, I use several lights.

But I think it can be done with the equipment you describe.

How do you plan on transitioning from the turntable platform to the background?

You know what I mean?

BasseH wrote:

Hi

I need to start taking 360 degrees product pictures of electric appliances like Kettle, Hand Mixer, Microwave, Kitchen Machines, Coffee Machines, and so on.

I live in a small apartment and do not have a separate room to use as a studio so I need a basic and small setup that does not take up to much space and is easy to put away, but still can get me an OK result.

I have done some research and here are the items I am looking at:

  • Light: 1 x Aputure Amaran COB 60d
  • Light Stand: 1 x Not sure yet.
  • Softbox: 1 x Neewer Octagonal Softbox 24" / 60cm
  • Reflector: 2 x Meking 17x12 Inch 3 in 1 Light Reflector
  • Turntable: 1 x ComXim Professional 360 Degree Photography Turntable
  • Backdrop: 1 x Pino Studio 123cm x 90cm
  • Camera: 1 x iPhone 11 (with a pro app so I can lock exposure etc.)
  • Tripod: 1 x smartphone tripod (with remote control)

1. Can I use the "Aputure Amaran COB 60d" light with a softbox as top light and then 2 reflectors on each side to light the products enough and get an OK result?

Kind regards

OP BasseH New Member • Posts: 4
Re: Beginner questions: 360 degrees product photography

Hi John

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

"How do you plan on transitioning from the turntable platform to the background?"

I am not sure what you mean. Can you please explain in more detail?

D Saul
D Saul Regular Member • Posts: 427
Re: Beginner questions: 360 degrees product photography

BasseH wrote:

I am not sure what you mean.

I believe he means this: when you use a turntable, you will see at least part of the turntable surface, so how are you going to deal with this?

OP BasseH New Member • Posts: 4
Re: Beginner questions: 360 degrees product photography

Camera position: I am thinking of positioning the camera at a height above the products. Camera angle: Small downward angle.

I am hoping that the toplight will generate enough and even light to seamlessly blend the top of the white turntable with the white background so no post-production is needed (or as little as possible) - but that's maybe not the case?

D Saul
D Saul Regular Member • Posts: 427
Re: Beginner questions: 360 degrees product photography

BasseH wrote:

I am hoping that the toplight will generate enough and even light to seamlessly blend the top of the white turntable with the white background so no post-production is needed

That's very optimistic.

john g Contributing Member • Posts: 508
ummm

Well, I hate to tell you... I can't imagine that it could be done on white with one light.

There would be a lot of post process, basically silhouetting out each shot.

I'm doing video on white and I fight to keep my lights to a minimum.

I need at least three lights and sometimes as many as six.

Sometimes I need a spot light to kill one shadow or another.

You really need to set up a sample set for yourself to see if you can pull it off.

Your experience may be different.

Good luck!

BasseH wrote:

Camera position: I am thinking of positioning the camera at a height above the products. Camera angle: Small downward angle.

I am hoping that the toplight will generate enough and even light to seamlessly blend the top of the white turntable with the white background so no post-production is needed (or as little as possible) - but that's maybe not the case?

OP BasseH New Member • Posts: 4
Re: ummm

John g and D Saul - thank you for the help.

I will do some more research and some more thinking before deciding which route to take.

john g wrote:

Well, I hate to tell you... I can't imagine that it could be done on white with one light.

There would be a lot of post process, basically silhouetting out each shot.

I'm doing video on white and I fight to keep my lights to a minimum.

I need at least three lights and sometimes as many as six.

Sometimes I need a spot light to kill one shadow or another.

You really need to set up a sample set for yourself to see if you can pull it off.

Your experience may be different.

Good luck!

BasseH wrote:

Camera position: I am thinking of positioning the camera at a height above the products. Camera angle: Small downward angle.

I am hoping that the toplight will generate enough and even light to seamlessly blend the top of the white turntable with the white background so no post-production is needed (or as little as possible) - but that's maybe not the case?

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