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Sunny1982
Date Posted: Aug/19/2012 11:01 AM
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Hi Guys,

i am new to this forum so be patient with me.

i am trying to take product photography shots for my home based linen business and the mount of problems i have.

well to accomplish that i bought a cheap light cube and 3 105w lights on stand. after setting it up. i tried taking photos of product but can never achieve that pure white background without over exposing the product.

i tried several setting on camera but no luck i seem to be getting too much exposure on the product making it very bright and near to no color but background comes white as i desire without shadows... or with other settings its too dark of product with grey blue back ground with shadows.

i am using a D7000 with a 18-105mm 3.5-5.6g lense. The lights that came in my light tent/cube setup doesnt feel like that strong for some reason even though they are like 9inch long spiral globes.

any suggestions ??? i tried watching too many videos online to get the grasp of it but i just cant seem to accomplish it.


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Steve
Date Posted: Aug/20/2012 6:04 AM
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There are many ways to accomplish this, but the easiest may be to "extract" the product from the image and build a pure white background in PhotoShop or whatever editing software you choose to use.

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Sunny1982
Date Posted: Aug/21/2012 9:04 AM
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Hi Steve,

Thanks for your input, but can you elaborate a little about extracting the product from the image ? i have corel paintshop pro x4 as the editing software but how can i "extract" product.

you also mention there are many other ways to accomplish what i am trying can you suggest a few, actually i dont want to spend too many hours on computer trying to fix photos. so i want to get that perfect shot in first time, so with just a little color balancing in paintshop its as good as it can be.

cheers
Sunny

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swanseamale47
Date Posted: Aug/21/2012 12:11 PM
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Try the dodge tool, set it to highlights, and about 10% opacity with a soft edge brush just paint out the fait blue in the white area, you might try an auto colour first and see if that helps.

 Message edited by: swanseamale47 on 08/21/2012 12:11:35

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kennymc
Date Posted: Aug/21/2012 1:16 PM
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If you plan on doing loads of this kind of stuff I would purchase a product like Photokey 5

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Victor
Date Posted: Aug/21/2012 2:54 PM
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Kenny, did they lower the price on this or was it a different product you once touted that cost hundreds of dollars?


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kennymc
Date Posted: Aug/22/2012 12:50 PM
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There are various versions from the basic (link) to the professional one for mucho brasso which includes multudious amounts of digital backdrops.

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kennymc
Date Posted: Aug/22/2012 12:50 PM
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There are various versions from the basic (link) to the professional one for mucho brasso which includes multudious amounts of digital backdrops.

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