Photo Blog 108

7 06 2010

Something I have been interested in for a while but never had an impetus to explore is product photography. Recently however someone said they were needing some stuff done and simultaneously a tutorial popped up on one one of the blogs I read (www.lightstalking.com). This was reason enough so I tried it out yesterday and made myself a light tent. It really was quite easy and just consisted of finding some nice diffuser material at the Look Sharp store on Victoria St and one of my storage boxes butchered for the task. The final setup looked like this:

Setup Shot

The two sides and top had been replaced with the semi-transparent material and I had two identical desk lamps shining from the sides. Unfortunately we had no paper big enough to act as the backdrop so used two pieces stuck together. This resulted in a line in the background but it is easy to imagine what it would look like without this…

So now on to the results. I didn’t have much time to play around before we had to head out but here are two examples of what was able to be achieved. It definitely required longer exposures than normal and a tripod to keep things steady. Even on small apertures focus was an issue this close to I had to pull the camera out a bit and then crop the final image.

Jewellery Example 1 (f22 2.5s 105mm)

And a second example:

Jewellery Example 2 (f22 1.3s 105mm)

The effect of having nice diffused lighting is obvious and I’m definitely keen to try some more!

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