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Old 4th September 2006, 08:55 PM   #1
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I am working on our OnLine Catalog and there is not money to contract a specialist to take profesional photos to our items. It means that I have to take the picture with my own digital camera.

I tried today with a big frustration about the scenario, light, background, position and everything related to take a good picture based on the item type.

We sell clothing and we need to take pictures to Women Shirts, Pants, Skirts, Dresses, and Men Shirts among others.

One of the biggest problems that I faced today was the background. I bought a plastic table cloth of multiple colors, those used for parties. I tried taking the picture against the floor and ended taking the picture against the wall, holding the background (table cloth) with tape.

The second biggest problem was the position of the cloth. Since I took the pictures against the wall, I had to hang them using regular hangers holding the sleeves with tape.

The third biggest problem was the edition of the picture. I have Paint Shop Pro and I though removing the background was going to be easy but it was not. I wanted to remove the backgound to put another one better or according to the cloth, to have variety.

Does anyone take pictures in-house who please could make me some recomendations about:

- Using single background that can be removed from the picture.
- Holding clothes to avoid showing the hanger.
- Lighting using in-house bulb.
- Edition programs to enhance the picture.

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Old 4th September 2006, 11:44 PM   #2
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lunartcorp, I'd advise the following:
- get someone wear the shirts and take pictures of them
- use a natural (outside, trees, etc) background or keep yours
- use indirect lighting (lamps) - point them at the ceiling, walls, but not directly at the model (product) - or use many lamps to illuminate the product from all sides to avoid shadows
- you don't need to edit your photos if you keep the background

Anyway, you have a couple of more choices:
- find a professional photographer and agree on paying him later
- find an amateur photographer and let him do his job for a testimonial and experience

Note: I am not a professional photographer - test the advice and put the photos on the site only if they suit you

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Old 5th September 2006, 02:10 AM   #3
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I LOVE the advice to have people wearing the items, great idea.

If that's not possible, here's what I've done in the past...

1) Push a table up against a wall, preferably a rectangular table (I actually use a breakfast bar).

2) Use nails or tacks to hang a big white bed sheet from the wall. The white will make a nice background no matter what color object you're shooting, even white and gray.

3) Put a nail in the center of the sheet and use that to place your hangers.

4) DON'T spread out the sleeves -- just let 'em hang naturally. Fold 'em behind the body if need be. Use nails/tacks to hold 'em still if need be.

5) ONLY shoot the entire piece of clothing if you think the customer needs to see the whole thing. In other words, when I'm shooting logo t-shirts or polos, I just shoot close-ups of the logo on the front -- everyone knows what a t-shirt looks like, and all they want to see is the logo detail.

6) The room I use has flourescent lighting, which works much better for me than incandescent lighting.

HTH.

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Old 10th September 2006, 08:56 AM   #4
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These advises were enough good to improve the quality of my pictures. Using the table I got a good angle to take the picture.

Besides, using the white sheet as back ground and the angle of the table allow me to put the clothes on it without holding or hanging it.

Thank you!!!

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I just gave this thread 5 stars!!!

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Great news, lunartcorp -- glad you made it all work.

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