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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:34 pm    Post subject: Need suggestion on product shots Reply with quote

Since I've started some part time woodworking activity I could use some suggestion on how to take better shots of the wooden lamps I made using only solid woods. I'm going to post only a couple of shots for each single model, the rest are available on each link and mind that the product involve the entire process of cutting, sanding, finishing and then put the light on! Idea

Model "Belmonte mini" http://www.telltale.it/belmonte-mini-table-lamp/




Model Balabam II Mini http://www.telltale.it/balabam-ii-mini-n004-solid-purpleheart-wood-lamp/




Model "Balabam II" Solid Wenge wood http://www.telltale.it/balabam-ii-lamp-solid-wenge-wood/




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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a good starting point to work out with the light generated by the lamp itself, adding more light to emphasize the product, the 3D character of the wood, their veins...
I found your approach to close to the subject too. Take some distance to let it "breath".

Cheers,

Renato


PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Need suggestion on product shots Reply with quote

This for me is the better result amongst those that you posted as far as the shape of the glass is concerned
(but I don't like the double reflection and the slanted background):

Rick1779 wrote:

Model "Balabam II" Solid Wenge wood http://www.telltale.it/balabam-ii-lamp-solid-wenge-wood/


I have a few suggestions:

1) Consider the light generated by the lamp itself as a decoration element, not as a light source. Exception to this: if you shoot in the dark.
In that case, you only want very little ambient visible around, and the light from the lamp becomes decisive.

2) In order to shape the form of the glass of the lamp, you need one flash gun. Better if close, better if diffused by a softbox or behind a white cloth.
Importance of close is because you want the light reflection on the glass to be somehow wide to look good (it would look bad if too narrow).
Position of the flash gun: lateral to camera (some 60-70 from camera)

3) Do not use a second flash gun as filler, use a white or golden panel instead. Reflection is more elegant when you have only one, not two.

4) work on a better background/camera angle combination


PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all.

Orio, which kind of background you may suggest? Neutral white? Rustic? Modern?

I've already tried with this concrete stair but I'm not sure about it...



PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the background in #1.
A neutral-coldish solid color creates a good contrast with the warm tones of the wood, the cable and the yellow light of the bulb.
Also, the lamp's reflection on the background surface can add a cool touch if planned carefully.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was able to use the glass of the Ikea drawer just for that lamp since is the smaller one (15cm approx) but not with the larger ones


PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use HDR,,,,


PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is modern lamp, not rustic , hi-tech environment fit well as background


PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick1779 wrote:

Orio, which kind of background you may suggest? Neutral white? Rustic? Modern?


I would start by showing the lamp on it's own. Try using a background cloth and keeping it distant so it doesn't catch shadows and lights.
Then experiment by inserting the lamp inside existing rooms.


PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also like the shot second from the bottom.

Since it's your woodworking that's special and that needs to be emphasized, I think all other things (background, the cable in particular, and even the bulb itself) distract from the subject. I'd say that it would be a good idea to get even closer, showing the texture of the wood. Wood is lively, it's never the same, never boring. A light bulb, even one of a special sort, is.

You appear to have a number of these masterpieces, so why not combine them into a single shot? Shoot the texture of one in fine detail, while using the light from another's light bulb as the light source. I'd try to avoid showing any other background objects (make the background black!), especially the cable.

This way, you can also combine the different types of wood into a single shot to contrast their colours with each other.


PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got many feedbacks, thanks again.

@cn Actually I don't have any finished product available I've sold them all Laughing But what you say is interesting, will see if I will be able to do ti


PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like the first picture(very top)-it isolates the product completely and all attention is on the product.
i like the second picture (second from top) it depicts the product in a real life settings such as a desk or table top
the other images are not flattering to the product.
your lamps are THE COOLEST lamps i've ever seen. very simple and very smart..just cool.
i most certainly disagree that emphasis should be placed more on the wood. your woodworking is fine but this product is a lamp. if there was no working light bulb the product would simply be a block of wood and i have no interest in purchasing/placing a 'nice' block of wood in my home/office.
i also disagree with placing the product on unfinished/rough surfaces especially the concrete floor/steps. your lamps are simple but are very hip and clean and modern. seeing them placed on a concrete floor/step is disturbing to my eye as it suggests someone has dropped and or forgotten the luxurious item in a bad place. does not make sense.
(i was shooting at a beach local and there was a good sized sand bar that was awash with seashells. cool i shot a few quick landscape/test shots [for myself] of that sand bar then i had the model lie down on it. the shells were sharp and uncomfortable enough that the model let out a couple 'ouches' as she begrudgingly arranged herself into position.
-i never used any of the images with the model because when i saw them on the monitor i looked at the images as a perspective buyer and thought...why the heck is a person laying on a bed of sharp sea-shells? makes no sense.)


PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a spare piece of transparent glass and a dark fabric, place the dark fabric on the wall and under the glass, then the product over the glass. Try to have the product as far as you can from the back fabric.

Then the camera on a tripod some 1,5m~2m far away from the subject.

Une a short-medium telephoto lens, 80~105mm could be adequate, (or try with a 70-210 zoom first to find the right focal)
Use a narrow aperture to get all the product in focus (f11~f16).

If necessary use a lateral light with a diffuser or a flashgun. (I do prefer to use continuous light better than a flashgun). Avoid the lateral light to lighthen the backgroud (use a piece of cardboard, etc).

Good luck.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Wink