I’m so glad you shared your photos with me! The linkback is awesome, great work with the camera!
Today I wanted to talk a little about product photography and how I get even lighting on my shots. For an example I’ll use a piece of pottery.
Here is a photo of one of my pitchers. Pottery is very hard to shoot because it’s shiny & colourful. Any picture of my pottery doesn’t do it justice if there are sharp, bright highlights and the colours can’t shine. So first I fix the lighting issue by aiming 2 stand lamps at it.
Starting to look better but there are 3 huge problems with it.
Now I add the lightbox, to soften up the light and neutralize the background. My set up now looks like this.
The result is a shot that looks like this:
Definitely looking better! Now, the background is still not neutral enough for me so I’m going to insert a sheet of neutral grey fabric that will drape over the top of my lightbox and over the edge of the table. Then I place my pottery on the fabric, and my set up now looks like this:
Taking a shot gives me this:
Perfect! And that’s how you use a lightbox to improve your product photography. Here is a before and after.
You can get really creative from here and start adding different fabrics and papers into the background:
I’ve used this technique on the cheap too – you don’t need expensive equipment to start with. Here is my first ever set up:
I’m using a cardboard box with the sides and top cut out. Over the cut outs I’ve taped on some of that stuff that your electronics come packaged in, but you can use tracing paper or crepe paper. The sides are reinforced with packing tape. To light it, I’m using my livingroom window on one side, and an ikea stand lamp on the other side, the results were still lovely:
And that’s it! If you’re new to lightboxes and you decide to try them out I’d love to see a shot, and remember – you can get started without having to buy anything up front!
Great ideas! Thanks for posting!
Photo-Take-Outter Friday #3 – The Magic of the Lightbox | The Blue Brick | Photography and Handcrafts by Shireen Nadir
This is super, the results really speak for themselves! I should try this.
Hey Tanis! Definitely – it’s really easy to start, and the difference is huge. I think next week I’m going to do a tutorial on taking FO shots – I’ve just knitted up something bright orange, and that’s always such a hard colour to shoot!
Thanks for this – really appreciate the step by step, seeing what you gain, what you lose in different settings.
Cool! I did a post in how to make the cheap version and it worked great!
Thank you – this is all new to me and I am grateful for your tips
This was really helpful! Thanks so much!
Great post and beautiful pottery! Looks like I need to dig the light box I have out of the closet!
Thank you so much for these tips. Another little project waiting for me.
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I hope you don’t mind but I added a link to this post. I tried the light box today and had alot of fun although I still have a lot of work to do to understand how the light works. I posted my results and linked back to this post giving you credit for the instructions. Thanks a million this was great. I would have tried some more pics but my daughter has taken over the light box and camera (a budding photographer I hope)