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Old 20-01-2011, 05:56   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for the most cost effective way to do the product photography of fashion products for an online store catalogue. This whole photography "gig" is pretty new to me and would love some tips or even feedback on how to take better photos. I've officially started photography during boxing week of 2010 when I purchased the Nikon D90.

I haven't made any real investment to lighting YET and would like some input on what to get. The current "tools" I have is a light tent with built in lights/reflectors, 2 additional external 6500k bulbs, basic external Nikon Flash, and plexiglass. Those are generally used for jewellery photography and other small items.

Now onto clothing....should i do a full protrait studio setup? That would cost thousands for lighting and i'm also lacking in space...even the reflectors are pricey.

My current camera settings are set to:
ISO200
Shutter speed @ 4
Aperture @ 5.6 (I've been using my kit lens mostly)

Since I haven't purchased a remote yet, I've been using the self timer on a tripod to compensate for the low shutter speed. Mind you...I'm shooting with no photography lighting setup and I've noticed that the low shutter speed captures just the right amount of light without over exposing the product.

I still have no idea how to improve the sharpness other than to buy another lens with a larger aperture at 1.8-1.4D.

Thoughts?
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Welcome to Pixalo Fungang3

You are using the right kit for smaller items. Light tents are perfect.

Larger items could be laid or pinned to a board with a suitable cover, but all of the catalogues I've seen use models for fashion, with maybe a small image of the different colours laid out as an inset. For sure you are going to need more space.

You are wrong in thinking that studio lighting will cost thousands. Interfit make a starter kit fir about 200 in the UK, and there are plenty of others for under 500. you can also get used kit where people have upgraded. Best to avoid undranded cheap kits from China though.

For sharper images you either need to pay more attention to your focus, or use smaller apertures, not larger.
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I'm looking for the most cost effective way to do the product photography of fashion products for an online store catalogue. This whole photography "gig" is pretty new to me and would love some tips or even feedback on how to take better photos. I've officially started photography during boxing week of 2010 when I purchased the Nikon D90.

I haven't made any real investment to lighting YET and would like some input on what to get. The current "tools" I have is a light tent with built in lights/reflectors, 2 additional external 6500k bulbs, basic external Nikon Flash, and plexiglass. Those are generally used for jewellery photography and other small items.

Now onto clothing....should i do a full protrait studio setup? That would cost thousands for lighting and i'm also lacking in space...even the reflectors are pricey.

My current camera settings are set to:
ISO200
Shutter speed @ 4
Aperture @ 5.6 (I've been using my kit lens mostly)

Since I haven't purchased a remote yet, I've been using the self timer on a tripod to compensate for the low shutter speed. Mind you...I'm shooting with no photography lighting setup and I've noticed that the low shutter speed captures just the right amount of light without over exposing the product.

I still have no idea how to improve the sharpness other than to buy another lens with a larger aperture at 1.8-1.4D.

Thoughts?
Hi fungang.

I got an article about tips for product photography. I hope it will be useful for you.

Cheers!
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That is a great site briankoloskov.. Thanks for sharing
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