« on: August 04, 2011, 09:49:04 AM »
I just have to jump in. The response that leGreve gave above (well, and below too) is perfect. It's helpful, insightful, not demeaning and exactly what learners need. I see way too much slamming people when they ask a question, do something not perfect in a picture or have an idea that doesn't match with somebody else. Thanks leGreve for your response!
I do those kinds of shots 8 hours a day 7 days a week... You can get by with 2 lamps.
We use 2400watts to use in cooperation with daylight.
We shoot with reflectors most the time and for textiles I would even use a grid to really make the texture pop.
For the white outs we shoot 1 lamp with reflector through a large 230cm x 130cm homemade diffuser made from frost filter and a wooden frame and then soften the shot with 1 or 2 white boards.
One thing you have to remember is that the world only has one lamp... once you start messing with lighting from several directions you start bending the truth and pretty fast photos of products will look out of place or unnatural.
The environment shots I would definately shoot as daylight and then an indirect lamp whose light will support the daylight direction. For softening I would again use a white board.
The white boards we have are large styrofoam 1.5 inch thick boards. They can probably be bought from most large retailers of photographic and video equipment.
Two examples of something I did this week... Copyrighted ofcourse.
Lamp at camera left bouncing on walls and window > aids the light direction and makes it a bit softer.
Whiteboard camera right > in fact a couple I think. Adjust the distance per taste.
Depending on motive: F8 - F11/16 not higher... it get tideous shooting more than one second (our Sinars with ancient PhaseOne backs are touchy about shutter speeds longer than 1 second for some reason).
Lamp through diffuser camera right pretty high up. Adjust height per taste of shadow.
White board camera left completely up against the table, just out of camera view.
High aperture unless client wants DOF... We shoot F16-22 on almost all of these.