Sunday, December 7, 2008

Simple At Home Photo Set Up

This works well for small products -

1) Find a large sheet of white paper or lightweight card (bristol board, cover stock) A matt - not shiny - surface is better and without any 'texture'. Smooth and even as possible.

2) Get some tape and find a place where the direct sun isn't shining - a south facing window, or a shaded but fully lit spot. If you put an item down and it casts a shadow, you're not in the right spot - look for a spot where no direct sunrays can get to your objects.

3) If the place you chose has a wall, that's great, you can tape your white paper/card onto the wall. If not, you'll need to find something to tape it onto - a book like an old encyclopedia if it's a small piece of paper, or the back of a chair or similar if it's larger.

4) Place the card so it curves gently onto the floor or table - don't let it crease.

5) Place your object as far forward on the white surface as you can - this makes it easier for the backdrop to fade in your photograph.

6) If you use a prop - like in this sample, make sure any extra bits of strings or such are tucked back and taped down - as long as you can't see the tape either! And KISS - Keep It Super Simple - don't overpower your product with noisy props that steal the show.

7) Now, set up your photograph - choose a setting without a flash - the flash is just like the sun, it will cast strong hard shadows that detract from your product. If you have a point-and-shoot, it should have a function to select 'no flash'. If you have an SLR, choose the appropriate ISO - maybe 100 or 200, choose an f-stop that is fairly open - this will blur the background more and just remember to use a setting that doesn't auto-flash.

8) Before snapping, make sure the whole of the object is contained within your white space - if it goes over an edge you'll have to move it closer to the back.

9) Snap.

10) Crop your photo to cut out any stuff you don't want like the wall behind - and a simple auto contrast should be all the tweaking you need so you don't have to have fancy software to fix it up at all.

Porcelain Vessel Pendant - Finola Prescott

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Eddie Gear said...

Hi there,

I'm new to blogger and was browsing through some of the blogs and came across this one. I used to follow art in my school days, however not now. Your blog sure does bring back old memories.

Cheers and keep it up!

finola said...

thanks for stopping by - hope those old memories were good ones!

I must get to putting some new posts up!