Product photography

Taking good photos for this blog has been a challenge for me because day one. There just isn’t enough space to set up big fancy backdrops and we don’t receive adequate natural light in our condo.   I set out to examine my options for a small photo studio and came across some diy lightboxes like this:

Image courtesy of photojojo
My main issue with this type of set up is that the box isn’t collapsible so it would occupy valuable space in the condo.  Also, I didn’t want to be restricted by the dimension of a box if I wished to spread out the products for a photo.

I was searching for an inexpensive service that could be easily put away.  First up, the light source.  I chose a clamp style desk lamp would work, and I hit jackpot at the first place I checked, Staples – I purchased the Tensor Vision Max lamp:

$40. The main selling feature for me was that it offers balanced daylight. It even has a built-in magnifying glass.
Second, I hit up the fabric store and found a length of white broadcloth on clearance for $2. Pontszám. I played around with the set-up and came up with this:

How did I take this picture if my video camera was in the shot? (Answer: cellphone)
It’s just 2 chairs dealing with each other, one with the white fabric draped over the chair back, and the lamp is clamped onto the chair seat.  The other chair holds the video camera (just a easy point and shoot Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS) which is on a  timer.  The video camera is sitting on a bit bendy “tripod” that I’ve had for ages – I purchased it off ebay for no much more than $5. This set up is still being finessed, because I discovered that when taking photos of products with highly reflective surfaces, it was efficiently mirroring the background which was really distracting:

Oh hi chair, hi camera, hi tripod, I didn’t see you there.
Whereas this is much more like what I was hoping for:

Ez hazugság!
I read up on how to photograph reflective objects but the suggestions seem really complicated for the casual “photographer” like me – hopefully I don’t own a lot of cosmetics with shiny packaging!  I think I may examine with getting a 2nd white drop fabric to hide the other chair, and maybe a couple of foamcore boards to offer much more structure. hopefully with a better set up, I’ll be able to start doing much more product photos and makeup swatches.  Now I’m also looking into how to guarantee accurate and consistent representation of the product and swatch colours… (secretly, I delight in doing these kinds of nerdy things).  I hope this set up will produce better photos!

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