A&P Product Photography

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  1. Drunken Karnie Midget

    Drunken Karnie Midget In Yeo We Trust, All Others Pay Cash OT Supporter

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    My wife has a hobby, that she's trying to turn into a successful business, and we've run into a bit of a debate. She's setting up a website, and we've run into a bit of an impasse as far as how her products should be presented. Here's a few examples of some of the shot's she's currently planning on using. You guys have any input on product setup for purposes of an online store/advertising?

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    the chain mail should be displayed upon knights.
     
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    those look awful
     
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    Way too noisy.
     
  5. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    I'm not really worried about a little noise, it's just for an online store, not a portfolio. (besides, my wife took 'em, not me) more just presentation advice.
     
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    just make a simple light box and photograph them that way. find the lightbox thread on the main page for instructions.
     
  7. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    ..these were taken in our lightbox... been using one for quite a while now.
     
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    Anyone with a decent P&S can take those photos. Take it more seriously. If needed, rent a micro lens for a day.
     
  9. Bloke

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    set the iso on 100
     
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    The entire product should be sharp. Your dof is too shallow. The lighting is also a wee bit underexposed and there are too many shadows.
     
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    then use a tripod, set iso to 100
     
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    she'll lose business posting these pictures... wtf hair?
    if she spent a lot of time making these, then the same should be applied to the photos
     
  13. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    as far as presentation in and of itself, these are ok, but the backdrop could use a bath, loan her the better glass for the shots, and go for a larger DoF?
     
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    this presentation makes me turn away from the product.
    No matter how good or poor the product may be.
     
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    iso down, aperture down, and exposure up. lower that shutter speed, 1/1600 for some of these, you should be able to hand hold for at least 1/200 depending on lens, you don't need to sacrifice the noise for that shutter speed since it's still photography
     
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    I wouldn't say that the presentation is ok. I don't shop for jewelry, but if i did and did it online, I would want to see the whole piece. For the first one go from side to side so that the whole piece can be seen.

    If I wanted to get ideas on how to setup jewelry for photos I would check some name brand jewelry websites. Granted your not going to make it look just like theirs, but it'll at least give you an idea of how to do it.
     
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    Just setup a softbox with a speedlight, hook it on a boom and it overhead, place 3 pieces of large paper on each side for fill light and your done. I do jewelry for a living and I have to take over 5000 pics each week.

    use a nice background,

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  19. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    This is more what i was looking for, though all of it has been appreciated. From everything Zales, Tiffany's, and LTD Jewelers has shown, has thrown the "rule of thirds" out the window in regards to composition, etc. I assume it wouldn't hurt what she's trying to do to follow suit?
     
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    I've got a lightbox, though i don't have the budget for a speedlight. anything you could suggest as a passable replacement for >$30?
     
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    you don't have a regular $15 flash? and cheap wireless triggers?
     
  22. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    built in only. my gear is pretty limited. Lighting setups have been entirely makeshift. If there's an external flash for 15, i'll probably pick one up early next week, but i can't go overboard for a while.
     
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    That's pretty harsh, but I can't argue it.
     
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    for the lights, go to home depot, get 2-3 of those 'clamp on worklights', and get 100 watt 'full spectrum' daylight bulbs.

    for product photography, top lighting is #1, then you can add a light to either or both sides for fill and depth.
     

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