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Old 07-31-2017, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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So, I know that to do a proper product photo I need to surround it with diffused lighting, manage reflections, etc. However, since I really haven't found a good spot in the new house to do that I was trying to come up with a way to get a decent photo.

In the past I tried the light boxes and just never fell in love with the look. All one color backgrounds drove me crazy for some reason. Was goofing around on the internet and read about an idea I decided to try.

This photo was taken outside in the early morning before the sun was fully up. That solved most of my diffused lighting needs. For the background I used a $2 piece of wood grained tile. I plan on getting some more woody shades to play with next since I was told this is a bit too stark looking. Camera is a decent Canon T6i and I think I had the little 24mm 2.8 pancake lens on it. On a tripod of course with a bit of a delay to give me time to back away. You can see the reflection of the camera since it's really close. Still, not a terrible photo I don't think.
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Like your pic your choices. These will never be mine the time consuming method is completely solved by a simple open box. This is ready to go 24 hrs a day.

Mine takes but a few minute.

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Peter,

Please post a picture of your simple open box ..... :)


Tim,

I am surprised it turned out so good ... early morning light before sunrise does not have the right color balance
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You make a good point that I neglected to mention. I did correct the colors in the photo. Color correction is relatively easy, it was the abundance of indirect light I was chasing at the time.
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OK, thanks for clarifying, Tim. . I forgot that color correction is easy nowadays.
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I must admit that your photo looks really good but would suggest that the results will not be consistent using this method. What about cloudy days, rainy days, seasons, not to mention getting up early!!

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I have a toddler and an infant... Getting up early is nearly guaranteed.

I'm not advocating this as a perfect method, just one that can be used. Cloudy days are actually great but rain or really really cold days will bring you back inside in a hurry
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I have a toddler and an infant... Getting up early is nearly guaranteed.

I'm not advocating this as a perfect method, just one that can be used. Cloudy days are actually great but rain or really really cold days will bring you back inside in a hurry


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Many custom fishing rod builders take photos outside. Even with clouds, a camera can be set to take good photos.
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Peter,

Please post a picture of your simple open box ..... :)


Tim,

I am surprised it turned out so good ... early morning light before sunrise does not have the right color balance
Pics as requested. The last pic the pen in my set up different rest used..

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