A&P Trying to take some test product shots...

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  1. Kevin

    Kevin New Member

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    What am I doing wrong here? Any pointers? When i use the extra light there's a major tint to the image. Am I just using the wrong light? (I have no professional equipment, just using a work light and white poster board, as recommended)

    The first 2 are with the extra light, and the second set is just the camera flash.

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    Adjust your white balance on camera, or shoot in raw, and correct it in post processing.
     
  3. Kevin

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    Haha. Adjusted the white balance:

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    For some reason your light is 2 different colors which makes it next to impossible to balance in PS. If you're going to be using a worklight, you need to make sure it's the only light on the subject, this includes room lights and window light.

    You'll also probably want to use two and diffuse them to get rid of shadows.
     
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    the lighting looks too harsh on all of them
     
  6. Kevin

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    Yeah, i have 0 photography experience, so don't assume i'm doing some basic things correctly.
     
  7. Kevin

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    Should I be using the flash on the camera when using a work light?
     
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    personal preference.
     
  9. Kevin

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    Got it.
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    if you are going to use it, then you need to color balance your flash to the same color of light as the work light.
     
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    Lightsaber!!!
     
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  13. Kevin

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    Ok, i put together a light box based on all the threads i've seen here.

    Lighting from the left and right with a thin white sheet.

    So far, this is the best i've been able to get.

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    Why isn't the background as white as this guys, from this thread: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=281524

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  14. Kevin

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    Hmm...did this in photoshop

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    Because your white balance is off because your light sources are very yellow and possibly different colors.
     
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    If you're using basic clamp style lights, make sure you're using the same type/watt bulbs. get "full spectrum" bulbs like GE Reveal bulbs 100w. or get a couple of the 500w halogen lights. It could also be that your box is too big for the light you're pumping into it. try a smaller box, or more powerful light.
     
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    Are you shooting raw? If so it's an easy fix.

    Otherwise you aren't using enough light. Try firing a flash into the top of your lightbox to blow out the background.
     
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    Your white balance is still messed up. Given that you're using a Nikon S210 point and shoot, I don't know if you have custom WB settings, but if you do, you need to do a custom WB to clean up the color cast of the image.

    This is easy enough to fix in photoshop using the white balance eye dropper in curves or levels settings if you can't set a custom WB. It looks like you're using regular incandescent lighting which is what is causing your problem.

    Your other big problem is that your images are seriously underexposed by at least 2/3 stop. I'm betting you're looking for something closer to this:

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    This was done with a simple levels adjustment for white balance and then I adjusted the highlight and midpoint sliders. Simple.
     
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    ^^ nice :cool:
     

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