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    Default Bored in the morning so shoot this @ home

    This was done on a D-I-Y 'product table'.

    Tell me what you think.



    Shot info:

    Apple was placed on a table with a glass bottom. Plamp was used to hold a transluscent film as backdrop and Canon 550EX (1/32 power) was placed underneath the table with remote radio trigger. Jinbei RL630 (optical slave - 1/4 power) is above and to the right of the apple.

    EXIF:

    Camera: Canon EOS 30D
    Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
    Aperture: f/11
    Focal Length: 100 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
    Flash: Offshoe Remotely Triggered
    Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
    Date and Time: 2008:08:02 11:12:22
    Artist Name: Vincent Wang
    Timezone Offset: 8, 8
    Exposure Program: Manual
    Date and Time (Original): 2008:08:02 10:45:37
    Date and Time (Digitized): 2008:08:02 10:45:37
    Aperture: 2/1
    Metering Mode: Pattern
    Color Space: sRGB
    Exposure Mode: Manual
    Compression: JPEG
    By-Line (Author): Vincent Wang
    XMP Date and Time (Original): 2008-08-02T10:45:37+08:00
    Image Width: 1200 pixels
    Image Height: 800 pixels

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    Last edited by vince; 2nd August 2008 at 11:41 AM.
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    Default Re: Bored in the morning so shoot this @ home

    the sun has rised

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    ooo yeah i think that is really a good title to the photo

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    Default Re: Bored in the morning so shoot this @ home

    the highlights on the water droplets from the main light are very less interesting, try using large softbox.
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    Default Re: Bored in the morning so shoot this @ home

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    the highlights on the water droplets from the main light are very less interesting, try using large softbox.
    Yeah...you're right there. it's a pity I don't have a softbox (good time to go get one! hahaha)
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    Here's a small but important tip:

    When shooting with less than dazzling technical skills or equipment, ALWAYS choose the most dazzling looking subject. Most viewers would be fairly distracted by the awesome subject to initially notice the technical faults.

    In this case, the apple, while all wet, actually makes me wanna walk away because it's not the best looking variety, is blemished, not fresh (skin's bumpy), hasn't been prepped, and I'm probably guessing that there are much much better looking apples out there calling out your name.

    If you get a good softbox, and choose a great looking apple, prepp it properly, light it well ... you still have to find a way to make the water droplets look dazzlingly good. Right now it's flat and static. That's where the real and hard work begins.

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    If you crop off the left halve that has the most obvious blemishes and bruises, and photoshop off the remaining ones, it should be good enough to sell apple juice! Mmmm.

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    Yeah, but can't run away from the fact that the specimen is a poor choice, and that the water is still flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Yeah, but can't run away from the fact that the specimen is a poor choice, and that the water is still flat.
    His apple juice is just S$1.99 per litre lah.. no need to have so nice a cover pic..

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtune View Post
    His apple juice is just S$1.99 per litre lah.. no need to have so nice a cover pic..
    wrong, even a simple product shots for packaging, photographers still have to spend grate efforts to product it.

    remember, the packaging will be printed in million copies, and the life span of the photo is a few years (most of the case), the shot has to be perfect..

    Anyway, DM can tell you that if a food stylist looking for just one apple, he need to screen thru as many apples as possible to look for perfect one, and buy at least two dozens of those to bring it to studio.

    btw, the worst packaging photos are the abalone can, because (old) customers only buy what they are familiar with, so the companies are so afraid that once the change the packaging, the customers will think the new packaging is the fake abalone, and go and buy from other brand. so the same film get reprint and reprint till gets off color, not sharp, can't even tell that's a photo of abalone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    wrong, even a simple product shots for packaging, photographers still have to spend grate efforts to product it.

    remember, the packaging will be printed in million copies, and the life span of the photo is a few years (most of the case), the shot has to be perfect..

    Anyway, DM can tell you that if a food stylist looking for just one apple, he need to screen thru as many apples as possible to look for perfect one, and buy at least two dozens of those to bring it to studio.

    btw, the worst packaging photos are the abalone can, because (old) customers only buy what they are familiar with, so the companies are so afraid that once the change the packaging, the customers will think the new packaging is the fake abalone, and go and buy from other brand. so the same film get reprint and reprint till gets off color, not sharp, can't even tell that's a photo of abalone.
    Well, Vince, seems like your effort is not up to commercial standard!
    (Keep this in mind next time when taking shoots when bored)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtune View Post
    Well, Vince, seems like your effort is not up to commercial standard!
    (Keep this in mind next time when taking shoots when bored)

    definitely....I went to Giant today to look for better specimens...

    Unfortunately, these were the only ones I could find that to me, were more photogenic...

    Not-so Green Green Apple




    White Nectarine



    Strawberries

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    err, how come the fruit so huge?

    also, for the strawberries, would prefer both to be in focus, currently one of them OOF so very distracting.... oh, the leaves of the strawberries kinda killed the photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    err, how come the fruit so huge?

    also, for the strawberries, would prefer both to be in focus, currently one of them OOF so very distracting.... oh, the leaves of the strawberries kinda killed the photo
    The fruit were big because bought from GIANT...hahaa...kidding

    The fruit were shot using an extension tube and that reduced the DOF big time. They were shot at F/14 already. I might attempt shooting them again at F22 to see if I can get deeper DOF thus getting everything in focus.
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