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#1 Dallas

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 15:17

I found a new way of shooting product today (top secret).

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#2 Alf Iversen

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 18:09

Aaaw, come on. Do tell!
I might be buying a new house this year, finally making space for a little studio/play room. I need good ideas.
Thinking good to have on cold, dark winter days/ nights.

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#3 Dallas

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 18:22

I'm planning to do a short tutorial on how I do these types of shots, Alf. The good thing about this type of shooting is that you don't need a big space at all. I do these literally behind a door. This one is lit with three speedlights and Nikon CLS.

It's the modifiers you use that make the biggest impact on the image. Today I got something I have been looking for for a long time - way better than those stupid pop-up light tents.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 19:00

Can't wait, Dallas. :)

What I had in mind will be more of a permanently available space- a corner of a room. Now everything has to be packed away everytime I do anything else. Both because of a general lack of space, and because the kids do not respect an items holyness to me- they will have to be locked out. Unless they are the model, of course...
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:00

Looks interesting Dallas.

Hope you don't mind if I take a guess of what you've done.

Looks like you've got two diffused light sources (eg: through a shoot through umbrella or softbox), one on each side of the lens and possibly a snooted/restricted third light from the front aimed at/around the Nikkor 50mm badge.

Just a guess anyway. Feel free to tell me I'm wrong :)

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:33

Pretty close, Will. There are three speedlights, but no umbrellas, snoots or bounced lights. I have finally managed to find some diffusion panels that you can wrap around the product and which give it that wonderfully feathered look across the barrel.

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This is how I do small product shots now. Previously I used the same space, but would bounce the top light off the ceiling with a +1.7 compensation and I had only a second light bounced onto the front of the item with a large silver umbrella. That setup worked, but it was a pain in the arse to rig. I would have to have the door moved away from the shooting table and then had to deal with two light stands, one with the boom arm and another with a big umbrella in a confined space. This way produces much better results and the speedlights get a breather from heavy duty recycling.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 14:26

Nice and simple, thanks for sharing

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 13:24

Looks like you could do with more space too, Dallas.
However, enough IS enough.

Thanks for the insight, Alf
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:09

Thanks for the response Dallas! It's always fun to take a guess at lighting setups.

Helps with the learning process!




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