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    Question newbie with a product shoot assignment..

    Hi,

    I'm helping my uncle to do some product shoot for his business webpage. may I know where can I get nice backdrops for them?

    The kind of products that I'll be shooting are like like below..







    Is it better to get paper ones or cloths background? and where do get them is the best place?

    can anyone spare me some tips on such product shoot.. I don't have any external flash or a proper studio. Counting on the room's flourscent light only.

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    Play around with a slave flashes and reflectors.

    You can add some colors by simply by cutting discarded plastic color file (translucent type) and sticking it on the slave flash.

    As for reflector, can use simple things like styrofoam board, dont need to buy expensive commercial reflector.

    But best to try out using a digital camera first to see the effect. In "olden days" the pro uses polariod to varify the results before taking the shots in medium or large format.

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    since ur product lots of reflection, try to put plastic shine backdrop, play with color gel, so you can see the reflection at the bottom of the product to make it looks elegant.

    be carefull with the light

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    Get one of this:



    Some sample product shots I've done:



    You also have an option of color backgrounds to use with:


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    the top 1 look like my operating theater... version 1... i modified to version 2 liao... check out 1 of my post...

    btw simon wat kinda lights u using? i am taking chrome plated stuff... cylindrical somemore... so need ultra soft lights, notice you did not use any softbox or umbrella... wats your camera setting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon
    Get one of this:



    Some sample product shots I've done:



    You also have an option of color backgrounds to use with:

    i used the "operating table" as well but i dislike the fabrics, i perfer using artcard A1 size.

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    actually if its available locally, i'd prefer this version...



    cos the bottom & top can be separated... easier for placing... anyway just make do with watever i have now...
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    uh oh.. I don't have these lights & flashes Anyone got good ideas of using table lamps =X or cheaper solution to my needs?

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    I conclude that the purpose is to show your Uncle's business products at its best, please do away with colour gel lights. With glass or reflective surfaces, pay attention to surrounding area where you will be shooting. I would keep it dark. Also, pay attention to your lights. To show the profile/design/texture of the products, you may need bottom and/or backlighting. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholaslee
    uh oh.. I don't have these lights & flashes Anyone got good ideas of using table lamps =X or cheaper solution to my needs?
    table lamps is not enough for shoots... i tried & failed horribly... even those super hot halogen kind is not enough... esp when the object is highly reflective... you need to soften the light by not directly pointing the light on the image. (point direct will show a reflection of light on the base, & also a dark shadow on the back... when you point the light up the light does not bounce of as good as the studio flash... point direct with paper to soften the light also makes the light less powerful, hence not enough light... and there is the heat issue... never leave the paper on the hot lights for prolong time... ), alternative is using florescence light, which have some color cast issue, den those pure white is super expensive... and you need a flicker free ballast... tat 1 also headache..., lastly, there is the white led lights torch.. for small objects ok, but for large objects... i think you need to buy a few of those torches, den cost a bomb on batteries... those with more than 1 led bulbs will most likely use a CR123, which is very expensive...

    mayb i should post 1 of my products... took me almost 2 years & changing 2 prosumer cameras to get almost the effect i want... from super beginner newbie to prosumer wannabe...
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