how abt using a flash unit attached to the camera? like bouncing it off the ceiling?
Having a bounced flash from the hotshoe will only result in lighting the entire scene. The light source will be so much and larger and impossible to control. I would get the necessary cords or triggers to get the flash off the camera and experiment. You can mimic soft window light by having the flash to a side with a large softbox (not the often-misunderstood Omnibounce that does not soften light at all) and having a reflector to the side.
You can either make a softbox yourself or just hang a piece of tracing paper (at least A2 in size) from a rod and fire the flash through it. If your objects will be very small (like a ring,etc), you can try to get by with a A3 paper as diffusion.
White background is boring? Then you can try experimenting with the items standing up with your background further away (so that you will get darker tones). If you are able to get another slave flash unit, use that on the background to create different moods. For the light reflection off the books, a soft large source OFF the camera will solve it. Its all about controlling and angling the light.
Last edited by ywh; 13th October 2008 at 10:58 AM.
besides shooting by the side is there any other method that works with a flash unit? like a diffuser?
Yes, you can almost re-create any natural lighting effect with flash, but you're looking at quite complicated set-ups and control if the mood shots are what you want. If it's just clear, pleasant catalog shots, then global diffusion may work, but it will be flat.
Could I ask, do you have a layout or end-result in mind? If you let us know specific details, we might be able to offer better advise.
hmm.. like can bring out the details of the items and give a vintage feel.
bring to the streets to shoot, most street lamps have warm tones. just make sure things dun fly onto the roads. & use a tripod for long exposure.
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Shooting out in the street??? Sorry but that is really a bad idea. Your lighting will be uncontrollable with those large sources coming down....unless you resort to flags and C-stands but that will be way beyond the budget and ability (non offence to the TS here) of the TS. Want a warm tone? Set to cloudy balance while using flash or just add CTO to the flashheads.
TS, you just need to sit down and plan what feel and look you are going after. Visualize the look of the image and the lighting and where each item will go.
Last edited by ywh; 14th October 2008 at 08:44 AM.
takeshi, I mentioned it earlier, and someone else also mentioned it...it's really much better if you plan out and mabbie even roughly sketch out a layout of how you want the final photograph to look, and how it's going to be used.
It's no use if you keep on asking for advise (which we're more than willing to give) WITHOUT having a layout or very clear Art Direction in mind ... because we won't know what advise to give, or we just give it blindly, then you come back and ask again and we blindly give again and you come back again and again till no one replies to your questions anymore.
someone mentioned the light is flat so i was thinking of using the built in flash and i am looking up materials for DIY diffusser.
It sounds like you want a sepia toned, close-up or extreme close-up catalog product / documentary shot.
If that's the case, take the photo like you would any other still-life product ala catalog style (nothing artistic, just realistic - Big Big, clear and totally clean), with nice, even lighting, and convert it to a sepia look. If it's too flat, use Photoshop to adjust. It would be a lot easier than messing around with lighting.
i am still new to photography so I am still looking for a style. is there any artistic styles for me to follow?
i noe i m kind of troublesome, please bear with me
Based on what you yourself said,
it hints to me that what you want or need are very straight-forward product shots except with a vintage look, and since it appears that you're having technical difficulties, I suggested taking a straight-forward approach, and then turning the straight-forward shot into a sepia or brownish looking black & white photo to give you that 'vintage' look.a vintage look and can show details of the item. also mentioned that it will be used for documentation in my private album.
Try shooting the items on a plain background (white paper or cloth) in a shaded area during the day. Use a higher ISO if you're having problems with slower shutter speeds. Just get that clear shot to work with, and everything else you can do in photoshop.
I would strongly suggest staying away from any fancy styles of shooting or lighting to avoid complications. Keep it as simple as possible.
Last edited by Dream Merchant; 14th October 2008 at 06:20 PM.
Brown paper, mahjong paper and cloth. Best part is they are all cheap! Just try all and get a 'feel' for each when you work with the different materials. Along the way, you would have learnt a few things.
Oh, if you don't mind I offer an opinion when you said?i was thinking of exploring different methods and learn along the way.
Get a grasp of the basics first, then use what you know to explore. No use play masak masak rojak chap chye, because even if you get something very nice, you might not even know how you did it, or why it came out that way, and cannot repeat it.