|23rd of December 2006 (Sat)||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2006
Some practicle advice
I own a small ecommerce business that sells imported home decor. We have a semi-pro digital studio with a canon d60 and strobes.. and have been achieving decent simple shots with a grey background.
We now want to advance our shots to look more like www.redenvelope.com
Can anyone give me some practicle advice on how to:
A) Achieve the lighting they have
Is it all naturual light or are they using highly diffused strobes?
B) Achieve the right DOF
Is is possible to reduce my lens to f/2.8 with studio lights? I always seem to catch the shutter in my shot?
C) Anyway suggestions on setting up a nice set. I don't have the super sofisticated home setting that they or pottery barn use. Is there anyway to fake it and get some nice variety?
|23rd of December 2006 (Sat)||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2006
Re: Some practicle advice
A) Regarding their typical "product" shots, most (of the products you referenced) have a medium to large softbox at 45 camera left with a reflector to the right of the product. It also looks like they like to shoot with a SB at product left and a closer reflector or considerably lowered SB at 45 camera right. Most jewelry tends to be back lit by a soft box with a reflector in from of the object.
B) There are many choices when it comes to lenses. Although many will recommend something like a 100mm (which I have), I tend to like using my 50mm or even my 24-105mm. Basically, anything in the 24-70 range is a good prospect. Then you can just calculate your DOF with a DOF calculator to establish the best distance. I would suggest using a computer thether or remote when shooting lightbox type work.
C) Believe it or not, you can setup a killer home lightbox for mere dollars if you are shooting small items. My small DIY lightbox cost me $24 in parts from Home Depot - lights and all and is good for products up to 1sq ft. I could go larger with just some more PVC pipe. There are many online tutorials with ideas about how to build the one for your needs. Check Google.
5DII x2, 15FE, 24L, 35L, 50L, 85L, 100M, 70-200L
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