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Old 21-09-2009, 16:15   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I'm setting up a design your own women's fashion shoe online shoe store and have spent the last few days taking photographs of shoes. I'm having some issues with colours.

In this photo: http://twitpic.com/ikxww you'll see that the white balance is set nicely and the background is white. The trouble is, the shoes look silver when in fact they're gold!

In this photo: http://twitpic.com/ikxu8 you'll see the colour that the shoes should be, gold. Trouble is, the background in this photo is beige and not white and I fear it doesn't look professional. However it's a near perfect representation of the true leather colour.

We'll be doing a lot of photography, approximately 10 pairs of shoes a day, so photoshopping photos isn't really scalable, and our attempts at photoshopping these photos didn't look too professionaly.

I'm very new to photography. Is there a relatively easy way I can get a quality looking photo that represents the leather colour correctly?

Thanks in advance,

Michael Fox

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Old 21-09-2009, 19:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Product Photography - Colour Issues

hmm shoes look gold to me, the only bit that looks remotely silver is where its slightly burnt out and over exposed.... did u shoot in raw?
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You are shooting and uploading in sRGB colourspace, aren't you?
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I assume you're using JPG for speed whereas RAW will give you flexibility - but what are you using to set the White Balance?
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Welcome to pixalo!!

I've done quite a bit of product photography previously. What temperature lighting are you using and are you setting the WB to match or are you shooting auto WB?

Are you using a light tent? As Markulous suggested, RAW will give you flexability and to be honest much better results even though it may take a little longer to process the images.
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Re: Product Photography - Colour Issues

Too Much Light?.....



From my perspective, it looks as though in the first picture there was too much light on the subject to be photographed, which has over-exposed the shot....
A "Slower" shot with less light may also help remove the shadow under the shoe.
In the second, the background being beige, has absorbed that light, and the reflections you can sometimes get from a stark shiny white background...
perhaps lowering the amount of light you have on the subject, especially if it is a "Shiny metal" type finish, would help.
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Re: Product Photography - Colour Issues

It's the oldstudio lighting problem:

If you expose the background to look white the shoes are over exposed, but if you expose the shoes correctly the background is under exposed and looks yellow!

The answer:

In all cases expose for the shoes corectly using an incident light or flash meter (dependent on lighting) or the camera meter.

If you using studio lights point one of the lights at the shoes at the setting on the light meter and one on the background overexposed by 2 stops. The shoes will look correct and the background will be white.
Watch out for reflections on shiny shoes.

If you're using camera flash, it's a little trickier. Set your camera up to spot meter on the shoes. Use one flash gun to expose the shoes and one + 2 stops on the background. (You might be able to use the flippy flap flash on the camera to expose the shoes and a real flash to blast the background). I'm sure if you play around you can get a decent result.

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On my set up when the picture first came on the screen they looked Gold and then the Gold lost a bit of its sparkle and turned Silvery, I have not done much of this type of photography but I would shoot in raw + I would try a gold flash brolly other than that use the saturate tool just on the shoes. Have you tried a print out yet?
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Here's a good tutorial in using studio flash.
http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...eos-20864.html

That may shed some light on the subject
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Here's a good tutorial in using studio flash.
http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...eos-20864.html

That may shed some light on the subject
Thanks, that video tutorial was usefull for me.
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