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Old 03-03-2014, 08:53 PM #1
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Product Photography (on the cheap!)

Yes, I Searched. This topic may have been discussed but you people need to stop being so darn creative with your thread titles.

Anywho... doing some product shots, general warehouse clean out at work (lots of apparel, hats, etc, going up on eBay), and various other not at all creative but still bugs me when it looks bad photography.

I'm shooting on a *gasp* Sony Alpha NEX 3. Yeah, its not a real camera, but it was $180 at best buy and I'm not trying to win any awards.

Looking for suggestions for a budget friendly tabletop light box or similar concept setup that will save me from tedious photoshop background removal and retouching on hundreds of pictures.

Saw videos of a larger (and more expensive) version of this and it looked really impressive, but its not tall enough for a number of the products I want to shoot.



What do you guys do? I've seen some incredible photos of markers on here (Ben Johnson and others)
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:14 PM #2
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With a little bit of editing you can make a very modest setup have great results. Even natural light if you're not dead set on perfect consistency from shot to shot.

If you don't know how to edit and you want great, consistent shots straight out of the camera, then you're going to have to spend some money.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:53 PM #3
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A relatively cheap and easy setup (and how it's done in many fashion studios) is using white plexiglass for your box or set. It's easy to build with and very reflective for even light.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:43 PM #4
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Thanks guys. Outkast, that was sort of my line of thinking. For my day job, I'm a graphic designer for a sign / apparel company, hence the 5000sq ft of random left over shirts and hats I'm trying to help them move. We've got tons of plexiglass and acrylic, as well as pvc, which might be good for a matte finish, but its not as smooth. I'll look into building something instead of shelling out cash.
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:02 PM #5
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:43 PM #6
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Here's what I do and it works well for me
Sorry this stuffs on instagram but it should suffice

http://instagram.com/p/kL0-Fzg2pA/

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http://instagram.com/p/kL9RyGA2gq/

Super ghetto right? But here's how it works out for me






And for the lighting literally just the standing floor lamp and ceiling fan light. Used a tripod of course. And since its just still subjects, it doesn't matter that my shutter speed was 30s. ISO low -- 200 in this case. And aperture f/13.
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