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    This is my first try on product photography. One of the biggest problem I faced was handling the reflections and achieving the intended shadow effect. Using a DIY light tent setup. I think my lamps are not strong enough.

    Would be grateful to hear some comments.

    Thanks for your time.

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    Hi djchris,

    Your shots are sharp and well taken.
    I think it would creat a better impact if you
    do a more macro shots on watches like cropping the
    shots. That would give some impact on the shots !


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    Quote Originally Posted by vanscafe View Post
    Hi djchris,

    Your shots are sharp and well taken.
    I think it would creat a better impact if you
    do a more macro shots on watches like cropping the
    shots. That would give some impact on the shots !

    Like this perhaps


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    I like your exposure and lighting for the photos, but I find the watches lying on their sides abit wrong to me, don't really like to read 'seiko' sideways

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    Try having the watch upright? I feel like I am tilting my head to see the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djchris View Post
    ...

    This is my first try on product photography. One of the biggest problem I faced was handling the reflections and achieving the intended shadow effect. Using a DIY light tent setup. I think my lamps are not strong enough.

    Would be grateful to hear some comments.

    Thanks for your time.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP3ykBzk_RU


    Alright, we finally finished the image.

    After 10 HOURS of total work, about 5 in the studio shooting the watch and about 5 in PhotoShop afterwards, touching up the watch and getting the background looking great and Splicing the two together, here is the final image {at 9:52secs}

    The main problem is, as you identified, knowing where to place the shadows and highlights ... and HOW to CONTROL them.

    Usually, and IMO, a light tent may not be the most suitable lighting aid.

    The thing to remember is you're not actually lighting the watch - you're lighting objects AROUND the watch and then the watch will reflect those objects in it {3:51secs}

    Most enthusiasts get results in what looks to be a very flat watch or watches with unflattering shadows and highlights and reflections (of the tent!) or room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djchris View Post








    This is my first try on product photography. One of the biggest problem I faced was handling the reflections and achieving the intended shadow effect. Using a DIY light tent setup. I think my lamps are not strong enough.

    Would be grateful to hear some comments.

    Thanks for your time.
    Heys I'm using the exact same watch as #1 haha cool nicely taken sharp shots but otherwise, I hafta agree with the others on getting closer up shots (:
    canon fan boy ;D

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    Very nice tutorial!!

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    Sell the watches and buy better flash light ?
    Canon 550D + Sigma 17-70 + Canon 70-300 + Canon 50/1.8 + Nissin Di866 + Benro A1691T

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    Thanks for the comments.

    As the lens I am using is not a macro lens, I can't do a good closeup of the watch. Will try a tighter crop to see how it would look like.

    Will try shooting them vertically and see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djchris View Post
    Thanks for the comments.

    As the lens I am using is not a macro lens, I can't do a good closeup of the watch. Will try a tighter crop to see how it would look like.

    Will try shooting them vertically and see how it goes.
    get a smaller f-stop like f16 + flash and cropping ur pics without having to worry bout softness shouldnt be a prob my2c btw some non-macro lenses have the potential for macro work due to their very short minimal focal lengths ... i got some very up-close shots with the 17-40 f4L uwa zoom before
    canon fan boy ;D

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    orange monster and a grand seiko.
    i would suggest getting a watch stand to prop uo the watches.
    thanks for sharing.
    cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP3ykBzk_RU





    The main problem is, as you identified, knowing where to place the shadows and highlights ... and HOW to CONTROL them.

    Usually, and IMO, a light tent may not be the most suitable lighting aid.




    Most enthusiasts get results in what looks to be a very flat watch or watches with unflattering shadows and highlights and reflections (of the tent!) or room.

    Hi Dream Merchant,

    Thanks for sharing the video. It's really inspirational and I hope to improve my shots from what I learnt from there next.

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