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Old 07-16-2004, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey pros!

I'm going to shoot a somewhat challenging product, and although I have an idea how to nail it, it never hurts to get input from one's betters.

It's a 6" high pewter flask, very polished and shiny, with complex, fine, deeply etched, hand-engraving on it.

The assignment is to:

1. Not have any portion of the flask blown-out with lighting reflections

2. Capture all of the engraving details

3. Have the flask stand out from the background clearly

I'll be making a small enclosed "light box" using some sort of diffusion panels from the light dept of Home Depot to scatter and soften the light sources, with one side black (the side that'll be the behind-the-flask-background) and the other sides white.

Am I barking up the right tree, or do I need to locate to another forest?

Additional suggestions mucho appreciado.
 
 
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Old trick I learned from some one else. Set up a roll of white paper in front, cut a hole big enough for your lense and shoot through the paper...sometimes we would use this technique with the paper as a reflector to help with the highlights. This should give you a very clean look across the front of the flask.


Hope this helps...

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Old 07-16-2004, 09:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Kurt -

Not a pro, but I've had good luck with small items using a "light tent" constructed from, e.g., polyethylene milk bottles.

You might also consider constructing a miniature set using plywood and plaster to create a white, smoothly curving surround. Diffused light from above and front should give a quite uniform lighting.

Good luck.
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I used to do quite a bit of that sort of thing, in fact small product and other table top was a mainstay of my studio. It sounds to me as though you are on the right track, but here are a couple of posible variations. Instead of spending a lot of money on materials, try making the light tent out of paper. I've used everything from onion skin to white tablet pages taped together with transparent tape. Along with. In addition to the black side, try the black in back, as the background. Also try some fairly narrow vertical strips, black strips over whie and white strips over balck to add a bit of testure to the lighting.

A totally different style would to set the light tent aside. Try backlighting with the main light placed behind and higher than the flask. Use a white reflector at a 45 degree angle to one side and a closer reflector dirctly above the camera for fill. Play with the reflector positions to get find the best positions and placements.

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I use a light cube pop-up. They have them on ebay. Then just drape black fabric or whatever you want at the back of the cube. They fold up like reflectors.

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