Objects without lightbox

posted on 17th of june, 2009

Finally I found a perfect monitor - calibrating is *ߢ$&#! :) - , so let's see a more useful post (I hope). What about object photographing?

All successful stock-photographers have two main themes - people and/or isolated objects. In my part I don't like to sell my family or unkownn people's faces, so object theme remains. I have no lightbox or professional flash (to tell the truth, I only have built-in flash and I rarely use it), but I'd like to take some "customer-friendly" photos (not only buildings and nature :)). I've known that I wouldn't be able to create isolated photos, so I chose an other way.

First of all, you should set up your cam. For most of pics you see in this article I didn't use tripod, so you also can do similar shots without it. Really important is the lighning - natural light or lots of lamps will help you to keep ISO low (highest ISO here is ISO320).Set white balance correcty and use lowest mm you have (easier to hold 18mm than 55mm, just step closer)...well, I think more useful will be if I stated the settings besides photos. :)

These roses were part of wedding-bunch of a friend. I simply took the vase and bouquet before a big french-window and asked her to switch on the lamps in room. ISO 200, manual WB (metering on chess-table's white), f/7.1, 28mm, canon bridge cam.

That was an easy issue. I was boring on my workplace, waiting for my colleueges... Some natural lights and a small table-lamp gave enough light. Background is a simple table. ISO320, manual WB (metering on card), f/5.6, 18mm - I could hold easily without motion blur.

First with I used flash. I've been in a japanese restaurant where ramen is not sooo tasty but looks really good, too. Auto WB (working good in s3is with flash), ISO80, f/8.0 (for details), flash, and I don't remember the distance, but I'll update it. :)

I had no enough light, so ISO320, 18mm, f/4.0, deep breath - and I could hold 1/15. :)

Some other advices, if you don't mind; for those who have only built-in flash like me - know your camera! Small flash is working good IF you know the perfect distance. Most of cams have hard noise-level steps - for example, my Pentax k10d has almost same noise-level in ISO200 and ISO 320, but noise drastically grow in ISO360. And, of course - always keep your lens clean, you can save hours in Photoshop. :)

First with I used tripod, so lowest ISO and mm/f as you like. :)

Update: as Halient said below, if it's aviable, use RAW format. With it you can reduce the noise level effectively also.

Comments (8)

Comment by Wildmac on June 17, 2009

Nice images! I love the roses. Thanks for sharing :0)

Comment by Aginger on June 17, 2009

Thank you for the update! Iforgot to state it on article also - I often use raw, too, but wwith my bridge cam is not working.. :)

Comment by EmeraldUmbrellaStudio on June 17, 2009

great shots, for Iso noise I usually do noise reduction in Camera raw and then run it through noise ninja. i put a link to an old blog that I did about the various plugins if you are interested

Noise solutions

Comment by Kittycat on June 17, 2009

Tank you for all the helpful information.

Comment by Aginger on June 17, 2009

Thank you. To tell the truth, I'd also like a better, full-frame high quality cam. Unfortunately I have no money for it (and I don't need it really, as I'm not professional). So I just try to do my best with equipments I have :)

Comment by Oliviermeerson on June 17, 2009

yes for a decent lens aperture 10 or more, you need clear sky and sunny daylight.
the problem with noise reduction is that you are loosing lot of details... not important for small sizes, but ...
Actually the only problem of small sensor is that :
the camera is cheap and gives lot of details,
but you need a lot of light (like being in the middle of sahara).
full frame for that is 4 times better, i love my 1DS for that !
in the best world we would have cheap full frame to work with.
nice pics by the way.

Comment by Aginger on June 17, 2009

You're right, but to tell the truth, with a noise reduction software you can remove iso200 noise from almost all pictures. Of course these only my experiments, but for me NeatImage is working perfectly til iso400. Without tripod or good flash is hard to use low iso in many cases.

Comment by Oliviermeerson on June 17, 2009

be careful with iso, most of the camera have noticeable noise (especially in shadows and black) above 100 ISO. The latest ones may produce image up to 200 ISO, but it is always better to work with 100, or even 50. i use 200/400 only for editorial pictures when you cannot use tripod (like in riots) and when there is not enough light (shutter speed under 1/100). better to check the camera is set at 100 or less before shooting.

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I've started photographing a few years ago with a compact cam. In 2008 november I decided to buy a DSLR cam, and I chose a Pentax k10d. Now I'm upgraded into a Pentax K-3 for more details. I rarely use hard Photoshop effects, I'd better see the real world in my photos. My main interests are travelling and towns - and nature, of course. I think I'm good at nightscenes - however, I don't like to take photos about people, so my pics sometimes seems a little static - mainly for Stock photographing, but I don't give up. :) Lots of my photos are based on R... [Read more]

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