Hi everyone long time since i have posted sorry for that(assuming someone actually reads this blog). I have decided that the format for this blog will be the following once a month i will post a post based on my notes on whatever I’m currently doing in photography and the second article will be about programming so today i will be writing about product photography and my first experience with it. I got the oneshot photo studio made by merax from meritline.com for $35 and decided to give product photography a try.
First thing was building the box is somewhat simple but this is where i made my first mistake when i placed the backdrop the first time it had a line from being folded from shipping i should had iron that out before starting so this would be lesson #1:Iron the backdrop before placing it. I kept playing with it and i realized that my first pictures look kind of awkward because the backdrop was not completely extended which brings us to lesson #2: Strech the back drop. Do this by placing it has far up has you can on the velcro and letting it flow without being twisted.
After fixing all the issues with the building the box i actually started shooting i was doing it handheld and using a very big aperture with a fast shutter. I got some pictures that were decent i actually enjoyed the look of the faded out backdrop but was not really happy with the details on the products two problems identified. First problem was motion blur destroying features of it because i was using the camera handheld even if my shutter was fast the item is really small so it’s easy to screw up. Therefore lesson #3:Use a small tripod(the kit i got actually has one). Looking at the pictures after this i was still having a problem since the aperture would make loose detail in some of the ends therefore since now i had a tripod i started shooting using a bigger aperture i settled in F32 because is the smallest my lens does (tamron 17-50 f/2.8 aspherical for sony minolta). Lesson #4: Shoot with a small aperture.
At this point i was starting to get fairly consistent pictures and realized that the way the background looked in most cases in reference to the objects was a bit weird since it made it look very flat and not have that many parts of the products and the solution here was simple i was shooting straight to the object and background and by changing to shoot from the top towards the bottom and adjusting my table angle the results seemed to improve.Which brings us to Lesson #5 Shoot from the top.
Did this for awhile then i started making some combinations of more than one element shot and decided to start trying and making splash pictures basically have water and doing the timing for this was kind of tricky so i changed into continous mode which help getting more sucesses, thefore Lesson #6 Use continuous mode when going for action events. An important thing to remember when using continous is to start shooting before trigering the action, getting one or two shots without anything is not bad at all. I also noticed that while doing this shot i wanted more speed on the shutter so i changed my camera to manual and fixed the shutter speed that i wanted which was 1/60 and the aperture to f/11 i had left the iso at 100 and the pictures came with more action in them but they were dark still got the lesson # 7 use manual to set the aperture and shutter speed doing action sequences. Next to solve the problem with the light i decided to go and raise my Iso to 800 it was still to dark i raised it to 1600 and i started to get some noise but because the tent is well lit is something that is insignificant therefore Lesson #8 Feel free to use your Iso setting to get more speed.
At this point i got a good feel for it and its something that i enjoyed doing probably going to work on it a bit more next weekend but we still got the next part post processing the images. To make a summary of the settings i enjoy:
- Stationary images (aperture mode F/32 iso 100)
- Action shots (shutter 1/60 f/11 iso from 400 to 1600 depending on the looks via the camera.)
The post processing for most of the images was pretty simple it consisted in using levels to control the input of the dark blue region into it so that other colors would not look blue tinted and running a bit of noise reduction in some of the pictures i did my processing using paint.net and the soften filter was really useful in all the images that had bright colored since the output of that effect made it look better. Lesson #8 Keep the post processing simple. That’s all i found from today’s photography session i will write again in about 15 days with a programming article.