Learning Activity – Product Photography -Week 20

A product photography need to show a high quality result as it needs to present itself and the first impression is very important. therefore it need to have good contrast, adequate lighting, high resolution, clear and in focus. I.e. it need to look professional

Shadows: They define objects and give volume and weight and for some photographies it might also give an apparent texture. However too much shadows  and there is nothing to see

Lightning: in combination with shadows light define the object that is exposed to light, showing colours, textures and volume. the right amount of light create harmonious objects that seems to be natural. To much light flatten all the curves and shapes making the object miss many details. The balance between good lightning and shadows result in a nice harmonic picture

Quality: The quality of product photography as mentioned earlier need to be as high as possible as they will present a product to a possible clients.  It should show details of the object and build up interest.

ISO: Depending when the picture is being taken or if  it is light or dark,  the iso will increase or decrease  the amount of light that will be exposed to the camera. in dark situations the ISO need to rise for gaining more light. It can help to reduce the exposure time if it is needed. however the higher the ISO the major the risk for getting noise in the picture.

Editing: Images that perhaps will be places in the same catalog or are to be used together need to have a coherence in respect with light and colour tones, to match and be in harmony with each other. Some fine adjustments might be required such as light and ambient tone, white enhance, reframing and cropping, adjust colours and contrast or even take away details that might disturb of that might to be relevant to the picture

For this assignment I was asked to make a product photography of the following objects:

  • Something fluffy, like a stuffed animal
  • Something shiny, like a knife and fork
  • Something hard, like a book or a mug
  • A liquid, like a glass of wine

 

My product photography results:

 

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Fluffy animal

Lightroom editing: For this image it was very little to fix so I mainly reframed the picture aiming to cut out the light tent and enhance a bit of white levels

 

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Shiny candel

Photoshop editing:  This picture was very difficult to take because of all many sort of reflections I was getting in the glass. I needed to take the camera away, the DIY light tent, and anything else that was around. For this I use white paper around the object, place the camera in the middle of the heart to hide the camera to avoid showing in the picture, and a lot of cloning in photoshop for fixing paper misalignment that were casting shadows on the background and the floor. I dimmed the light I use an extra long exposure

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Hard hit-hat digital drum

Lightroom editing: For this image it was very little to fix so I mainly reframed the picture aiming to cut out the light tent and enhance a bit of white levels

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Liquid and good glass of wine

Photoshop editing:  This picture was as difficult as the previous  one because of all many sort of reflections I was getting in the glass. I also needed to take the camera away, the DIY light tent, and anything else that was around. For this I use white paper around the object as before. However, I needed light from the background, making it more difficult for hiding things and there was no place to hide the camera so I moved away from the object to minimize the camera size. I did a lot of cloning in photoshop for fixing paper misalignment and even creating more space since it was a rather small place for fitting both cups. I read on a tutorial that it was a good trick to use one cup over each other for creating the high definition glasg reflexion effect

 


Additional pictures

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Making my own DIY light tent

 

For mounting my light tent I used a cardboard box for the structure, paper for covering the inside and serve as reflective materials as well as dissipates the light evenly. matte self-adhesive vinyl, transparent pvc and silver tape to put everything together.  For lights I use 2 lamps that I was able to move around and one extra fix lamp from the roof . The Transparent pvc with matt vinyl create a kind of soft box effect that worked very well. However I needed to use 2 layers of it.


Backstage development and scenario light diagram

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