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Product photography on white background

Hi guys, I have a couple of questions regarding product photography. 

 

We will use the photos mainly for eCommerce and Instagram. The products are accessories for MotoGP bikes, and the majority of them is made from aluminium usually with black anodized finish (mildly reflective). I need some advice on the setup of the lights, eventually which ones to buy.

 

Our current setup includes:

Canon EOS 70D + Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC

photo table: https://www.phototools.cz/zbozi/fotograficky-stul-100x200-cm-masivni/

two generic cheap softboxes

 

We are looking forward to upgrading. The lights are super bad, to the point of the pictures being grainy. We want something worth its price, something at the performance/price sweet spot. The total budget for upgrades is around 2000USD

 

I would also appreciate any links for photoshop tutorials on how to edit the photos, how to remove the background altogether. I have searched skillshare and Lynda, I found some tutorials, but none of them went deep enough.

 

I include two pictures taken with our current setup. They are directly exported to JPG from RAW as it would not fit the attachments section in the .CR2 format

 

 

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I'd help the background by making it a upwards curving white plastic sheet. that will give you that forever white background
as for lights SL150II should do well with some larger softboxes

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On 10/21/2020 at 3:27 AM, LordNobatko said:

The lights are super bad, to the point of the pictures being grainy.

Out out curiosity, what are the settings you're shooting at? (I'd check myself but the backend removes the EXIF info on uploaded pics)

 

If you're on a tripod, you should be able to drop your ISO as low as it will go and let the camera take as long of an exposure as it needs. That should remove some/all of the grain.

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@AbydosOne Pics were shot with theese settings, I think we will be able to push the ISO lower as the pictures are shot on tripod

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On 10/22/2020 at 6:22 PM, LordNobatko said:

@AbydosOne Pics were shot with theese settings, I think we will be able to push the ISO lower as the pictures are shot on tripod

 

IMG_4698.jpg.98eaec1cd9d46d987ce23f0ac50cd8ea.thumb.jpg.7a0afaf3e21b8554d4a2e15c0fdb5cfe.jpgHonestly, I don't think you're too far off. Just bring up the exposure a little bit in post to blow out the white background and crop in to get rid of the distractions. A use of a parametric mask could help completely changing the background, but its also good to leave some shadows. Obviously a longer exposure and reducing the ISO will help with the grain.

 

I just used Darktable to tweak the jpeg.

 

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I would suggest getting a popup light tent. That way you can light it from all sides and get a nice and soft lighting. They can be had at a very low cost from the bay of fleas

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