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Old Mar 1, 2005, 9:20 AM   #1
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Hi,

I need to shoot various product for my portfolio. I do not have a studio or any studio equipment. But I do have a Canon 20D with a 550ex Speedlite.

So does anyone have any advice or good links on how I should proceed?

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Old Mar 1, 2005, 11:35 AM   #2
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How big are the products?

While you don't need a full studio to shoot product, some equipment like a product shooting table http://www.vistek.ca/details/detail_...cs=N&Box=Nis useful. Commercial tables are expensive but you can DIY them with a bit of work.

Or forshiny things maybe look at a Photo booth http://www.boothphoto.com/prod_detai...etail_data.cfmhelps control reflections.

For lighting a single flash taken off camera and some reflectors will get you started. But when you are trying to control everything for product shots the use of multiple packs and heads is common.

You will probably also want some diffusers, a point source is very harsh and does not produce very flattering results.

Depending on what you are shooting the images for, there is also the issue of perspective control. Which is where small format cameras fall down, even with some of Canon's amazing TS lenses, they just don't have enough movement. As I said depends on what you are shooting for, this may or may not be an issue.

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thanks peter, yes its more lighting techniques I'm after, the products are quite small.
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Old Mar 1, 2005, 12:08 PM   #4
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Webphotoschool has some free lessons http://www.webphotoschool.com/Lesson...t_Photography/

as well as paid stuff http://www.webphotoschool.com/Lesson...t_Photography/

Their lesson library is at http://www.webphotoschool.com/Lesson_Library/index.html

Lot of stuff here, and the free section has a lot of quite good stuff to get you started.

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Here's a quick sample I took with my DRebel a while ago. Single flash bounced off ceiling, piece of paper and a gold reflector...

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...543&forum_id=7

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I second his method. I did the same thing with a piece of 99 cent white posterboard, on a chair, with a tripod and two clamp lights with Reveal 100w bulbs.
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In reference to using diffused light, you might also try making a simple softbox.

See for example
http://www.fredmiranda.com/A18/

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