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Posted 04 February 2016 - 04:54 PM

Hi all, 


I was recently asked to give a quota for a photography job involving product photography for a company's catalog. This is my first job, and I am a bit nervous. The products are various hardware components (eg doors (single/double) , window frames ) 




I currently own a single flash (youngnuo yn560iv), 18-55mm kit lens and 55-300 mm Nikkor with a d5300, two tripods, two batteries and two 32gb memory cards. The photographs will be taken in a warehouse. I am yet to view the actual place, but I have an area that i can set up to take the photos. 



I have a few questions, 


From  experience, what other equipment would I need for a shoot like this? 

What kind of backgrounds do I use to get the best effect? 

Some of the products may have glass, how Do I deal with that? (reflections etc) 



any general tips would be much appreciated. 

I would also upload a sample that I took and sent in to the company, so Critiques are welcomed and encouraged. 

I also have some questions about editing, but I guess that should be asked in the Photoshop portion of this site.




The pics that I uploaded were taken using the following technique. 


First a Speedlight  was set up on a tripod behind a white curtain, behind the door. 

then the On camera flash was used to trigger the external flash. 

Taken with 18-55mm kit lens. 

Focal length - 25-35mm

Aperture -6.3 

ISO 320 

Shutter - 100/s


Edited using PS to remove the background. 


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Posted 04 February 2016 - 07:14 PM


Here are some basic tips. A bucket for water, sponge, glass cleaner, paper towels, even though the company should take care to clean their products I would not leave that to chance. At the bare minimum a clean white sheet and a method of holding it behind the product. The lighting in the warehouse most definitely will not be the best, I would think about a self supporting portable light, and your own extension cord.

Okay, this us worst case scenario, call and see what they can provide before the shoot.

Your photos look good except for the condition on the door. That's why I recommended cleaning products.

Good luck!

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 08:40 PM

Oh..thank you so much.

I will indeed find out what they will be providing.


I am also unsure on the fee. I was thinking to charge a fixed fee/item type instead of working hours. What do you think? 

Also, any tips for the portable light? 


Can I just Have a stand with a incandescent or fluorescent bulb? What about diffusers? 

There really aren't any photography stores in my area, so I will have to be creative with the static lighting. 


Most of the tutorials I have read/watched have covered smaller items etc so a simple speedlight or single light source with a diffuser was used. 


I will also write down a checklist and post it here, so that users and experienced personnel can comment. 

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:13 AM

If posible, bounce the light, go to Iso 100, Go for a even background (black?) Check for reflexions. If you take pictures under a angle, go for F8- F11. Youse a gray card (watch for different color - ambient light).

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