Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

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





Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Good luck, Have fun, Build PC, and have a last gen console for use once a year. I should answer most of the time between 9 to 3 PST

NightHawk 2.0: R7 2700 @4.0ghz, B450m Steel Legends, H105, 4x8gb Geil EVO 2866, XFX RX 580 8GB, Corsair RM750X, 500 gb 850 evo, 500gb 850 pro and 5tb Toshiba x300

Skunkworks: R5 3500U, 16gb, 250 intel 730, 500gb Adata XPG 6000 lite, Vega 8. HP probook G455R G6

Condor (MC server): 6600K, z170m plus, 16gb corsair vengeance LPX, samsung 750 evo, EVGA BR 450.

Bearcat (F@H box) core 2 duo, 1x4gb EEC DDR2, 250gb WD blue, 9800GTX+, STRIX 660ti, supermicro PSU, dell T3400.

Rappter(unfinished compute server) HP DL380G6 2xE5520 24GB ram with 4x146gb 10k drives and 4x300gb 10K drives, running NOTHING can't get anything to work

Spirt  (unfinished NAS) Cisco Security Multiservices Platform server e5420 12gb ram, 1x6 1tb raid 6 for plex + Need funding 16+1 2tb raid 6 for mass storage.

PSU Tier List      Motherboard Tier List      How to get PC parts cheap    HP probook 445R G6 review


"Stupidity is like trying to find a limit of a constant. You are never truly smart in something, just less stupid."  @CircleTech


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Main System (Byarlant): Ryzen 5 1600X | Asus B350-F Strix | Corsair H80i V2 | 16GB G.Skill DDR4 3200MHz CAS-14 | XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II | Samsung 960 PRO 512GB / Samsung 970 EVO 500GB / Seagate 7200RPM 3TB | Corsair CX650M | Mellanox ConnectX-2 10G NIC | Anidees AI-07BW Case | Dell U3415W Monitor | Microsoft Modern Keyboard


FreeNAS Server (Veda): Core i3-4170 | Supermicro X10SLL-F | Corsair H60 | 32GB Micron DDR3L ECC 1600MHz | 4x 10TB WD Whites / 1x Samsung PM961 128GB SSD / 1x Kingston 16GB SSD | Corsair CX430M | Mellanox ConnectX-2 10G NIC | LSI 9207-8i LBA | Fractal Design Node 804 Case (side panels swapped to show off drives)


Media Center/Video Capture (Jesta): Core i7-2600 | Asus H77M-PRO | Stock Cooler | 8GB No-name DDR3 | EVGA GTX750Ti SC | Sandisk UltraII SSD 64GB / Seagate 1.5TB HDD | Corsair CX450M | Hauppauge ImpactVCB-PCIe | Syba USB3.1 Gen 2 Card | LG UH12NS30 BD-ROM | Silverstone Sugo SG-11 Case


Laptop (Narrative): Lenovo Flex 5 81X20005US | Ryzen 5 4500U | 16GB RAM (soldered) | Vega 6 Graphics | UMIS 256GB NVMe SSD | (all-around awesome machine)

Laptop (Rozen-ZuluSony VAIO VPCF13WFX | Core i7-740QM | 8GB Patriot DDR3 | GT 425M | Kingston 120GB SSD | Blu-ray Drive | (lived a good life, retired with honor)


Tablet (---): Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8" (crosses fingers)
Tablet (ReGZ)Asus T102HA (BIOS clock doesn't tick, loses time when sleep/off) (I kill tablets with disturbing regularity)

Tablet (Unicorn)Surface Pro 2 (battery will reset total capacity to current charge, leading Windows to think it's always 100% charged until it dies)

Tablet (Loto)Dell Venue 8 Pro (screen discoloration issues, wouldn't update to Windows 10)

Tablet: iPad 2 16GB (WiFi died, basically useless after that)


Testbed/Old Desktop (Kshatriya): Xeon X5470 @ 4.0GHz | ZALMAN CNPS9500 | Gigabyte EP45-UD3L | 8GB Nanya DDR2 400MHz | XFX HD6870 DD | OCZ Vertex 3 Max-IOPS 120GB | Corsair CX430M (?) | HooToo USB 3.0 PCIe Card | NZXT H230 Case


Camera: Sony ɑ7II (w/ Meike Grip) | Sony SEL24240 | Samyang 35mm ƒ/2.8 | Sony SEL50F18F | Sony SEL2870 (kit lens) | PNY Elite Perfomance SDXC cards

Link to post
Share on other sites

@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


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
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.


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now