Art and Photography

taking product photos at home.

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Deal Fanatic
Nov 17, 2004
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taking product photos at home.

I have a cannon SD1100 IS.

I need to take some decent product photos of some of the stuff I design and sell. The Items are about 4" x 4" in size.

I am looking for info for a cheap setup, and info on how to take nice product shots.


Alan To
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Aug 18, 2007
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What you want is called a light box. You have a few choices here, you can either buy a pre-made one, make a real one for around $20 (literally, you just plug the box in and put your items inside, or set up a white sheet attached to a wall, at a cost of $0.

Go out and get a sheet of white Bristol Board. Start by taping it to the wall inside a small enclosed area. A closet will likely work best. You want to tape it to the wall so that the sheet curves around a corner, leaving half of the sheet on the ground, and half the sheet attached to the wall. Then, walk around your house and get some lights. In my case, I took a small desk lamp, put it on a chair, and wheeled the chair right next to the bristol board. I then took another lamp, and put it on the ground aiming straight at the bristol board.

Place your item on the bristol board. The lighting should give you a nice even white surface, and the bristol board will allow you to have your item appear without random stuff in the background.
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Sep 21, 2004
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Google instructions for a DIY light tent and find yourself a tripod. That should be enough to get you started.