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Mar 03, 2013 16:31 |  #1

Practicing for a shoot on Wednesday.

Yes, i have never done this and agreed to take the job... Blah. Blah. blah.

The shoot involves toys, so the subjects are very similar in nature.

Aside from a crop (and uncloned black matte area above yoda's head) what should i do to make these images look more professional?

Spent some time on jewlery websites researching lighting , positioning etc.

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Mar 03, 2013 20:52 |  #2

Unless the client has specifically asked for that higher angle, I think you need to get more on the level of the subject. And I suspect that more fill light in #2 will work better for the client.


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Mar 03, 2013 21:18 |  #3

Thanks, PhotosGuy. I appreciate the pointers and I will take both of those suggestions into account.


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Mar 06, 2013 10:57 |  #4

White backgrounds can certainly be tricky. You want to make sure your exposure is even from left to right. These look like fairly small perhaps picking up a light tent would be helpful. If you have a local cameral or lighting shop you can get one there. Something like this

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I am not recommending this brand or this specific light tent, I just googled light tent to give you an idea of what I am talking about. You just put your object inside and put your lights outside and it gives you nice even light over your product.


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Mar 06, 2013 23:52 |  #5

Thanks for the advice, 5ifty mm. I actually amazon primed one of them from cowboy studio that arrived saturday. It was a big help today.

Good call on the even lighting... Made my life really easy (well, easier at least).


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Mar 07, 2013 13:33 as a reply to  @ Dawicka2's post |  #6

Looks like ya got a piece of black acrylic to play with...I like it. ;)
Takes it out of the product genre though...crossing that fuzzy line toward object d'art.


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Mar 07, 2013 15:31 |  #7

Yeah.. Client loved it. We shot some glow in the dark "designer toys" that looked pretty nuts, once "charged up" and shot at 4 seconds on the black acrylic.

I wish i could post some images to demonstrate right now. I will provide a link to an online gallery once the magazine is published.

Yesterday was a long, but fun day.


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