For sure need more space behind the product. It is possible to get decent results using a single shoot through. I have tried several ways with this and lately this seems to work the best.
A shoot through umbrella when the flash is attached in the hotshoe tends to be hotter at the top. So I will angle it down and over over what I am shooting so the hottest part of the flash is right behind the object, while the rest is still covered by the rest of the umbrella that is less intense. I shoot with sheets of foam core so I have to clone out a seam, but the idea is the same.
Not the best example of what I am talking about because the umbrella is farther away than is used (I put it as close as I can without getting it in frame. Most of the time I end up holding and tilting it by hand to get it directly overhead), but you get the general idea.
Resulted in: (again not the best example as it isn't 'pure white' but just illustrating since that is the only setup shot I have with a single flash I think)IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com …visiondigital/8446600976/ He-Man Regrets Super Sizing
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Time for a jog He-Man
*yes that is He-Man, it is part of my 365 project.
Most of the time however I have a third sheet of foamcore setup as in this picture. (Ignore the flash thing I built for the rear light, it was an experiment that sort of worked) It also is an example of the hotter top of the flash in umbrella.
This example was done using the three sheets, single umbrella overhead as described above originally. Get the photo, play with the white, black and contrast levels and it normally turns out pretty well. The only time I run into some issues is shooting something white on white, then I have to tweak things.IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com …visiondigital/8691704750/ I Gave That Pitch Vibrato
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Pitches Love Vibrato
Use manual settings on the flash, shoot in raw which helps the tweaking part. I typically shoot these at 400iso, mostly 4-5 clicks up on the flash (no idea what level that equates to), around 1/160 and between f/4-16 depending on how much DOF I need, I typically start out at F/8 or so.
In summary: More distance between background and item and make sure more light on background. Maybe that will help some, it is still a learning process for me to find the easiest way to setup, take the shot and tear down. Strange how the wife doesn't want all this to stay set up in the bathroom. Haha
(that is a manual YN-460ii and a cowboy studio umbrella/stand if it matters)