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Old Jul 8, 2009, 9:45 AM   #1
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I am hoping you could give me some advice on a Nikon D90 that I just purchased. I am a beginner - intermediate photographer but stomped on how to photograph what I need. I have a client that has me photograph shoes so he can sell on his website. I set these up against a white board with a light over the top of the image. I use a tripod with this. I have no idea what settings to put my camera on that will give me the best results. They arenít the sharpest and I think the lighting could be better. Also, some of them come out a little fuzzy on parts of the shoes. Do you have any advice on what I should be setting my camera to? Aperature? ISO? Etc. I greatly appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks again.
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Old Jul 8, 2009, 9:57 AM   #2
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a photo would help determine the problem. In reality there are likely two issues at play:
1) you're not getting the subject sufficiently lit
2) you may not be using a narrow enough aperture

I would suggest using something along the lines of f8-11
I would also suggest two light sources to reduce shadows.

What type of light source are you using?
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Old Jul 8, 2009, 10:11 AM   #3
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I am using a lamp light that you can bend and I hang it over the shoes. I know this is a little remedial but I figure it would work. I place two white boards, one on the floor and one behind it. I never cared about the shadows because I edit the background to be all white. You can view a sample of a photo I took at http://wholesaleshoewarehouse.com/icecube-s.jpg
Should I put the camera on Manual? A? S? P? Thanks for the help.
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Old Jul 8, 2009, 8:38 PM   #4
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I am using a lamp light that you can bend and I hang it over the shoes. I know this is a little remedial but I figure it would work. I place two white boards, one on the floor and one behind it. I never cared about the shadows because I edit the background to be all white. You can view a sample of a photo I took at http://wholesaleshoewarehouse.com/icecube-s.jpg
Should I put the camera on Manual? A? S? P? Thanks for the help.
Seth
The photo you supplied seems to look fine to me?
I'd put the camera in 200/400 ISO and A aperture mode and use a smaller aperture (larger number) yields a deeper field of view.

Let us know how it goes. I think your very close already.
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