I'm trying to do this as a favor for a friend and am not satisfied with the results. Not sure where to go from here so I am looking for some ideas. I will list some specific issues I have below and any ideas I may have on how to handle them. All comments are welcome, related to the issues listed below or otherwise.
-ISO 1600, f8, 1/250, 32mm focal length on crop camera, custom wb set using Photovision calibration target
-430exII camera right with shoot through umbrella at 1/2 power
-580ex at camera left bare shooting more or less straight up at ~35' tall ceiling at full power
-Setup shot included, lights not shown in final location, I just put it in there so you could see the surroundings
- Camera left side of product has no definition from background. I have no ideas on how to address this. Drop key power a bit? Seems like that may worsen the next issue.
- The white seamless has color cast (mainly at bottom) and is not pure white. SOOC it shows about 95% in LR at top of frame and about 91% at bottom. Is it reasonable to try for 100% SOOC or will I need to push it a bit in post to get to pure white? Increasing the overall exposure seems to make my first issue worse.
- I would like more definition between the front face and the camera right face of the cabinet. I am going to try a large black flag camera right and/or feathering my key towards camera left to accomplish this.
- In general, the photo doesn't seem to pop. Getting really carried away with the basic tab in LR4 seems to help but it is still lacking. Not sure whether this should be addressed at the time of capture or during post. Or if maybe this is just how the cookie crumbles with a light grey product on a white background? What other type of background could be used here? It is a medical product so it seemed to me that white was the obvious choice.
- I would really like to be below ISO 1600. I need a decent DOF to keep everything sharp so imo I have little to no room to move on aperture. Do I just not have enough power for such a big product??
- There is a gradient I added in post at the top of the frame that is a little too obvious. Just need to tone that down a bit so try to ignore it for now...