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    Quote Originally Posted by jl255 View Post
    yah, that's one of the things i cannot understand. Any websites to recommend that teach how i shld do my lighting? I also get alot of problems with reflections of the shiny surfaces. How do i handle that?
    Use a polarizer to do that. It helps to cut down reflections in one way or the other (I think).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectrum View Post
    Use a polarizer to do that. It helps to cut down reflections in one way or the other (I think).
    a polariser will not do wonders... i will reduce but not necessarily remove reflections totally.. u have to try out different angles to see if they work.. bear in mind that the polariser works best at a right angle to the light source...
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    Yup...

    polarisers won't work in such situations. Diffused lighting is the way to get the job done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Yup...

    polarisers won't work in such situations. Diffused lighting is the way to get the job done.
    That's why I saw people even shooting food in hawker centre (few years back) with just one large lighting plus a reflector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl255 View Post
    Hi, is it possible to achieve pictures of this kind of standard from home?

    http://www.mobile-review.com/review/...-w710-en.shtml

    If so, how do i go about doing it? What is the minimum hardware requirements? Newbie in this area of product photography.... Any tips/guides will be greatly appreciated!

    If you can understand these and apply it on product photography.

    #1 Inverse Square Law
    #2 Incident ray is equal to reflected ray
    #3 The bigger the light source (relative to the size of subject), the softer the light/shadows.

    you can shoot any products with minimum hardwares and still able to produce good results
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    If you can understand these and apply it on product photography.

    #1 Inverse Square Law
    #2 Incident ray is equal to reflected ray
    #3 The bigger the light source (relative to the size of subject), the softer the light/shadows.

    you can shoot any products with minimum hardwares and still able to produce good results
    Yup i agree with that line.




    I used a white piece of paper and then put my phone on it.After shooting i cropped the pic and also brighten the background to make the background whiter..hmm should have cleaned my screen though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    Yup i agree with that line.

    I used a white piece of paper and then put my phone on it.After shooting i cropped the pic and also brighten the background to make the background whiter..hmm should have cleaned my screen though
    the screen should be easy to settle... just select the screen face and fill in a standard colour.. or use the healing brush or clone tool....
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    sometimes, there is only 'tis much you can do...'

    check tis images out...





    the tip is a chrome ring, no matter how you position, it still mirrors the entire cube. And i din have space to setup my studio table, my few lights and also place to position my tilt shift lens. so in the end. i just make do with wat i have... 2 low power off shoe flash & a 50mm lens. So i only used 1 flash, hit direct at the object with f22. Use PS to edit the portion.

    of course... if u have time... u can do something like tis...



    seen by alot liao... just showing again... need a proper studio table, 1 light on bottom, a light meter to measure equal amount of light from top & bottom.

    Anyway, LR sucks, only 1puny watermark on the corner... cmi...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    sometimes, there is only 'tis much you can do...'

    check tis images out...





    the tip is a chrome ring, no matter how you position, it still mirrors the entire cube. And i din have space to setup my studio table, my few lights and also place to position my tilt shift lens. so in the end. i just make do with wat i have... 2 low power off shoe flash & a 50mm lens. So i only used 1 flash, hit direct at the object with f22. Use PS to edit the portion.

    of course... if u have time... u can do something like tis...



    seen by alot liao... just showing again... need a proper studio table, 1 light on bottom, a light meter to measure equal amount of light from top & bottom.

    Anyway, LR sucks, only 1puny watermark on the corner... cmi...
    You must be good in photoshop & your photo retouching skills too.

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    You must be good in photoshop & your photo retouching skills too.
    haha bro urself aren't that bad too.

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    one way you can do it.. if you have white flocked plexi glass, or something simular..

    Support it up by chairs bricks or whatever you have to support it, put a light underneath/behind the white plexi glass, put your products ontop/infront, make sure the light underneath/behind the white plexi glass is much brighter then your product light.

    Take your exposures off the product, with spot metering if you have it - its not required, check the histogram, tweak the exposure, ideally you want the backlighting to over expose the white plexi glass. and take a standard exposure with the light that is illuminating your product.

    pretty simple once you get it all set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrius View Post
    one way you can do it.. if you have white flocked plexi glass, or something simular..

    Support it up by chairs bricks or whatever you have to support it, put a light underneath/behind the white plexi glass, put your products ontop/infront, make sure the light underneath/behind the white plexi glass is much brighter then your product light.

    Take your exposures off the product, with spot metering if you have it - its not required, check the histogram, tweak the exposure, ideally you want the backlighting to over expose the white plexi glass. and take a standard exposure with the light that is illuminating your product.

    pretty simple once you get it all set up.
    i think its better to invest in a light meter if you guys using studio strobes... its hard to use the camera meter...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectrum View Post
    You must be good in photoshop & your photo retouching skills too.
    my skills cmi lah... i only see on the net, learn abit here & there... mine look fake, theirs look real...
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    for the hand phone screen, cloning or healing will be a very frustrating experience...what i recommend is to fill a rectangle with the screen background colour, draw and geometrically multiply squares of the pixel size (draw one square, copy another so you have 2, flatten 2 and copy so you have 4, etc until you fill the whole screen...), slightly blur the resultant pixel pattern and add a bit of noise and the then sharpen the whole thing...then fit this new screen onto the phone and add gradients to match lighting...

    for the fan, the problem with the manufactured rear portion is that it does not match the lighting that falls on the body of the fan...on the body, the center is lighter in tone and gets darker as it curves to the top and bottom, whereas in the metal rear, the centre is darker and the top and bottom is lighter...lighting must match mah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    i think its better to invest in a light meter if you guys using studio strobes... its hard to use the camera meter...
    ya but you dont need light meters, or camera meter even. if you know how to read the histogram on the camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrius View Post
    ya but you dont need light meters, or camera meter even. if you know how to read the histogram on the camera.
    The flash meter is not only for measuring exposure.

    the flash meter is useful when you need to know the lighting ratio when you set up more than one light.

    or are the lights are evenly spread?
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    Since you are starting out, there is no need for professional equipment. If you want a quick and cheap fix, you need the following equipment.

    1) Any camera that will focus close enough, or any camera with decent resolution so you can crop.
    2) An A3 piece of white paper
    3) A table or chair (chair preferbly)
    4) A program with curve or contrast control

    How to shoot

    Place the chair near a window during a cloudy day with the back facing away from the window. Place the A3 paper on the chair . Start shooting, without flash. You will want to overexpose by half stop to make things easier.

    This should give u a decent picture. Fine tune in Photoshop.

    An example to illustrate. Not the best, for a quick shot using my Sony Ericcson W810i handphone, it shld be adequate for web publishing. I used a table next to a window, where my aquarium sits on.



    The setup

    you can see the product on the table.
    Last edited by marcwang; 19th March 2007 at 05:42 PM.

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