Advice On Product Photography

11 years 2 months ago #51659 by lillton
Hi All I am new to this forum I am looking for some professional advice on product photography


I take pictures (of clothing) with a plain white screen. However i get a lot of problems with the lighting mainly on whites and light colours with the screen looking yellowish and shadowing.

I was advised to buy some normal halogen work lamps (as pro studio lights are too expensive)so i purchased a set i have the option of 2x500W, 2x 250W or 2x150W lamps

What i want to know is what is the best lamp to use for product photography?

Also how do i set up the lamps?
Do I: -
1) Put the lamps behind me on the product as i shoot
2) Put the lamp in front of me but hitting the screen behind the produt
3) put the lamp behind the screen so the light comes through

Basically I would like a clear crisp white background without the expense of a pro studio and hours of editing in photoshop as there is simply to many products being pictured to photoshop them all. But I also what the best colouring of the product as some colurs tend to look different than they actually are. I am not a pro photographer and dont know much about ISO's white balance etc etc so i need it to be simple


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11 years 2 months ago #51661 by Hoky Poke
First, you don't want direct light. You need to bounce the light off a soft object like a off-white wall or something. Some studio lights have umbrellas that reflect the light back at the subject softening it.

If you want a white background, I would do it with flashes... one lighting up the background and the other lighting up the item you're photographing. Since you probably don't have two flashes (I know I don't yet)... you will have to get creative with your lighting you already have.


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11 years 2 months ago #51868 by effron

Why so serious?
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11 years 2 months ago #51972 by Joves
Also for lighting tech there is strobist.blogspot.com/ it is all things ghetto lighting. :P


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2 months 5 days ago #736883 by EtherArts
Using a daylight-balanced bulb will help to not disrupt the white balance in your image. Put two clamp lights on either side of your setup to light the background, then use a reflector to bounce the light back to the front. 


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