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6th of October 2006 (Fri), 02:19
My in-laws want me to photograph their cheesecakes for their website (they sell them) and I'm not sure what lens would be best for this, or lighting equipment for that matter. I do mostly weddings, no studio stuff, but it would be nice to be able to do that kind of thing as well. I was thinking about getting the Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens anyway for weddings, is there another lens that would be better for the cakes? Any other tips would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
6th of October 2006 (Fri), 04:44
50mm should be fine, place the food somewhere where there is a lowish ceiling(white) and bounce your flash off it. use a tripod and set your aperture to create your desired effect.
6th of October 2006 (Fri), 14:09
Thanks for the advice! :)
6th of October 2006 (Fri), 14:53
'hot' lights would play havoc with the cheesecakes though!
6th of October 2006 (Fri), 15:32
Product photography is typically done with a tabletop studio, a tripod and a macro or macro-ish lens. Read this guide to making your own tabletop studio for a few bucks:
I hope this helps.
7th of October 2006 (Sat), 21:22
IMO you have a perfect product lens in the 24-105. I do a lot of product work and I bought the 24-105 specifically for that purpose. The minimum focus combined with the range is perfect.
7th of October 2006 (Sat), 22:13
I am not a pro at this by any measures, but I have shot products for quite some time so here is my take on it:
Lighting is (almost) everything. Make sure you have lots of lights and try not to use a flash unless you really need it. You will definitly be using a tripod and shutter relelease as well. I dont have any pics of my current 'light tent' setup, but heres the basic run down: foldable bed covered with a nice BIG bright piece of white paper, 6 el' cheapo lights, bags / anti static bags/ more paper to soften lights / reflect and milk crates to raise or lower the subject.
Heres a few shots from my setup:
7th of October 2006 (Sat), 23:46
Yupp Certainly use your 50 1.4 im using that today to shoot my dads Birthday...its that or a 55-135 3.5 - 4.5
I might use a mixture :)
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