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May 25, 2012 02:58 |  #1

I am doing photos for my boss where i work, I need to do their product shots but i can't seem to get a pure white background :( can anybody help me on this, ill post up example images. I want to try and not use any post processing or as little as i can get to save time, i have 3,000+ products to shoot.

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May 25, 2012 02:59 |  #2

how are you lighting it (the subject and background) ?


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May 25, 2012 03:06 |  #3

one flash on my hot shoe bare aimed at 60 degrees according to the flash markings, also don't mind that line on the second image.


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May 25, 2012 03:22 |  #4

You need more light on the background. To produce a pure white background you need to effectively over expose it. The easiest way to do that is to light it separately from the product.


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May 25, 2012 03:29 |  #5

I will need a different light source for the background then won't I? i have tried over exposing for the background but with that the main product also becomes more blown out, so there really isnt a way i can pull this off with a single flash?


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May 25, 2012 03:56 |  #6

You can use just one flash if you also use white cards to bounce the flash, it will be quite a mission though. Your sample images lack contrast, I think its better to work on lighting the product better than over exposing the product to get the background white, which is a simple fix in PS, you could even batch process it.

http://www.discoverdig​italphotography.com …product-photography-tips/ (external link) See the last image on the black perspex

Since you doing this for your boss with your gear perhaps he could rent another flash for you.




  
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May 25, 2012 04:21 |  #7

Kingshawty12 wrote in post #14482465 (external link)
I will need a different light source for the background then won't I? i have tried over exposing for the background but with that the main product also becomes more blown out, so there really isnt a way i can pull this off with a single flash?

much easier to get another flash and use it for background only


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May 25, 2012 06:50 |  #8

Yep, you just need more light on the background. bouncing weak light will be difficult, need to add additional light


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May 25, 2012 09:27 |  #9

You definitely need another light. Personally, I'd want the control that two separate off camera lights would give me.
Find a way to straighten out the box at the right in #1, and why are you leaving so much room around them?


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May 25, 2012 09:40 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #10

This might help with a few lighting tips....funny too

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May 25, 2012 10:06 |  #11

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14483240 (external link)
You definitely need another light. Personally, I'd want the control that two separate off camera lights would give me.
Find a way to straighten out the box at the right in #1, and why are you leaving so much room around them?

I only had my 35mm, and couldnt really get much closer, I will be getting back my 50mm from my cousin when doing these shots, i was super close but it was just too wide. I will most likely purchase another flash or borrow a friends.


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May 25, 2012 10:57 |  #12

Kingshawty12 wrote in post #14483396 (external link)
I only had my 35mm, and couldnt really get much closer, I will be getting back my 50mm from my cousin when doing these shots, i was super close but it was just too wide. I will most likely purchase another flash or borrow a friends.

Well, if you are doing this for your boss then you might want to put it to your boss -- you will need extra (not cheap) equipment to get the effect that you want/need, is your boss willing to chip in?


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May 25, 2012 11:00 |  #13

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Well, if you are doing this for your boss then you might want to put it to your boss -- you will need extra (not cheap) equipment to get the effect that you want/need, is your boss willing to chip in?

well, i'll see what the situation will be today, He only saw the pictures on my 40D, I sent him the email of the 15 pictures i took that day, ill talk to him and see if he really wants it more white.


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May 25, 2012 22:59 |  #14

Kingshawty12 wrote in post #14483396 (external link)
I only had my 35mm, and couldnt really get much closer, I will be getting back my 50mm from my cousin when doing these shots, i was super close but it was just too wide. I will most likely purchase another flash or borrow a friends.

If you're shooting boxes, you'll get less perspective distortion with a longer lens, like the 70-200. maybe your boss will rent (or buy) one for you. ;)


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