Posts Tagged ‘Box’

How to Get Great Photos of Small Objects

June 22, 2009

Photo © Copyright Stobist

When you sell something online, it’s important to make the item’s description both visually appealing and informative. If the item looks its best, potential buyers will dramatically increase the number of bids and the final selling price of your item. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, nothing says “Buy now!” more than a well-lit macro shot of the item you intend to sell.

The best way to get a beautifully lit photograph of your item is by creating your very own macro photo studio. Sounds highfalutin and expensive, you say. Nonsense, says I: Check out this article on the Strobist where David has constructed his very own macro photo studio for less than $10 using a recycled 12 x 12 x 12-inch box and some tissue paper.

The photo of the flower and vase shown above was shot with the simple set-up shown below. As you can see in the photo, David used an off-camera flash to light up his shot, but you can also use worklights, such as those sold at home improvement stores.

Photo © Copyright Stobist

Once your box is built, you’ll have a lot of control over the light. You can easily stop reflections, add or remove definition, and have a nice seamless top to bottom background, known in the biz as an “infinity sweep”. Be sure to read David’s article for complete details.


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