What is my camera setting – natural light product photography

By February 21, 2016blog

This week I shot and delivered a set of product photos for Foam Sales. That was an interesting job because I used natural light instead of using my usual strobe lighting. Typically, product photographs need powerful and consistent lighting due to:

  • deep depth of field (need the whole thing in focus)
  • low ISO (as clean as possible with no digital noise)
  • shooting hundreds of products for ‘catalogue’ work

But I have rare occasions when I could use natural light in my ‘back studio’ where it’s entirely white and brightly lit all day long. I used this room with no additional lighting because:

  • products are not reflective or glossy (i.e. foam products)
  • products are fairly large
  • needed completely white background (RGB 255, 255, 255) not ‘white looking’ – it was easier to achieve the effect in this setup due to the size of the products
  • had about 10 products to shoot in an hour

This is the ‘lighting’ setup in the rear studio. As you can see, there’s a window behind the subject. I have two sheets of EPS (polystyrene) for reflecting light back to the products.

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This is the image straight out of the camera, which means it’s the original image before any retouching. 

Camera settings: 1/13 Sec (camera mounted on tripod) at F/8,  ISO 200

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I’d make a quick edit so the image is punchier to match the actual look of the subject.

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Then, I’d add mask all around the corners (make them brighter) to make my editing job easier in Photoshop.  Those little dots are mask handles showing how many I applied to the image.

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After a quick cleaning job in Photoshop, this is the final image. 

Cleaning out the background stuff was minimal work in Photoshop.
Now you know how it’s done!

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Cleaning out the background stuff was minimal work in Photoshop.
Now you know how it’s done!

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