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So I'm taking some photos for a review of a motherboard. I put together a real quick light box.

Most of the light is from a 6ft fluorescent tube.
I'm using my old Olympus C5060, high quality tripod and jpegs. Completely unedited. I'm only doing some testing before the real shoot tomorrow.

Here is a sample:



The main things I see to improve on is lighting under the crossfire bridges and getting the dust off them. Also when looking at 100% the image looks almost grainy. I think the sharpness may have been bumped up on the camera.

What do you think? Any tips would be extremely appreciated.

Would you say that this should be a high enough standard for a normal motherboard review?

Thanks OCN!
post #2 of 10
for starters, u are using a 5mp P&S camera. doesnt matter what the quality of the tripod is as long as its sturdy and wont shake when u take a picture (main idea for a tripod is stability)

grain could be caused my sensor size, iso, light it takes in, etc. increasing sharpness shouldnt increase grain.. or at least i dont think it would either..

not sure what u mean by impriving the lighting under the bridges.. to kill shadow completely, ud need lightning sources from all directions pretty much..

exposure seems a little high.. could probably drop it down 1/3 or 2/3 of a stop.
 
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As Ian stated above, the exposure may be a hair off but this is a pretty good product shot imho. Shadows are not bad as give depth to the opject/subject in the photograph.

To of created this shot without the use of what could be coined as "professional gear" I think this is fantastic.

The suggestion I would give to you is to use a piece of foam board ($1.00 from hobby lobby). This will provide a moderate amount of reflection so its easier to blow out the white in the image without cranking up the exposure to high. It looks like you tried to kill the texture in the blanket or cloth under the bridges.

Keep up the good work. Would love to see all the photos when you get done.

GL
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Originally Posted by iandroo888 View Post
for starters, u are using a 5mp P&S camera. doesnt matter what the quality of the tripod is as long as its sturdy and wont shake when u take a picture (main idea for a tripod is stability)

grain could be caused my sensor size, iso, light it takes in, etc. increasing sharpness shouldnt increase grain.. or at least i dont think it would either..

not sure what u mean by impriving the lighting under the bridges.. to kill shadow completely, ud need lightning sources from all directions pretty much..

exposure seems a little high.. could probably drop it down 1/3 or 2/3 of a stop.
I wouldn't call it a Point and shoot. Its fully manual controllable and back in the day, this thing cost £500, $700. The mega pixel shouldn't matter too much since I'm only going to be using these for fairly low res images, they're only 350x233 on the site.

I agree the exposure is slightly high, I'm going to ensure the final ones are not. Clean up in Photoshop ect.


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Originally Posted by Gollie View Post
As Ian stated above, the exposure may be a hair off but this is a pretty good product shot imho. Shadows are not bad as give depth to the opject/subject in the photograph.

To of created this shot without the use of what could be coined as "professional gear" I think this is fantastic.

The suggestion I would give to you is to use a piece of foam board ($1.00 from hobby lobby). This will provide a moderate amount of reflection so its easier to blow out the white in the image without cranking up the exposure to high. It looks like you tried to kill the texture in the blanket or cloth under the bridges.

Keep up the good work. Would love to see all the photos when you get done.

GL
Yes, I'm using a textured table cloth. If I get in to the site, I will pick up a new sheet but for now, it will do. I shall post the test of the photos once done!

Thanks for the tips.
post #5 of 10
photos look ok for me

+1 on the foam board suggestion
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post #6 of 10
ok. advanced p&s. xD foam board could be a good suggestion. if u plan on going object photography for a while, could pick up a piece of colored acrylic like white or black... nice smooth reflective finish gives off a nice touch to it
 
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post #7 of 10
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That is some thing I'd definately consider if I end up getting a decent amount of products to review.

I'm currently shooting now.

Edit: I've also started shooting in RAW.
Edited by Willhemmens - 8/11/11 at 2:52am
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it was just an idea i had thought of recently cuz i thought about acquiring acrylic pieces like that too.. but kind of pricey at first... tryin to weigh if its worth it at this point in time yet
 
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Looks ok to me, just that in actual size, there seems to be some color fringing, but nothing that a lil photoshop can't fix
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I have an cheapo home made setup that works really really well.

I take a card board box (size depends on what you want to photograph). Spray the inside with white paint (you can skip this step if you do more processing instead but it's better). Cut large openings on each side (save one). Put two layers of tracing paper or vellum over the openings. Get two (or three) decent desk lamps use bright cfl's and get the higher kelvin blu-ish kind. Then take a large piece of good glossy photo paper and use it as the backdrop. You can use this to make a bit of reflection for the item and give it a bit more pop.
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