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« on: November 04, 2015, 06:02 »
Last week i uploaded the following photo:

What are you thoughts about this photo?
If a buyer is looking for a gear picture what are the main things he pays attention to?

I use my new light tent, with only daylight and a long exposure.
The background is not perfect white.
Is it better to cut out the wheels and make a real isolated picture?

In Photoshop elements (13), it is difficult to perfectly cut out a object (or my skills are not good enough :) ).
« Last Edit: November 04, 2015, 06:05 by MRommens »

« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2015, 06:44 »
Now its on line you best critics are buyers.

« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2015, 06:46 »
I would crop it some more and on my screen the background isn't white

« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2015, 07:05 »
It's not really a very good image these days.  The subject is tiny in the frame and the white balance is too yellow.  And the objects have no "message".  You just placed them on the paper and shot from eye level.


« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2015, 14:30 »
Light tents are for e-bay Items and to me useless anyway because they Limit you. All ya needed was a wht Piece of paper. suggest you get some Lighting and a roll of wht Paper and throw away the Light tent if this is what you want to do., Learn exposure and WB. and agree, subject is way to small in the frame.


« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2015, 14:57 »
Thank you, for the comments!
Next weekend i will try to shoot the image again

Is it necessary to use a macro lens (which i don't have) by this kind of photography?
How important is the 'message' in a stock photo?

« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2015, 15:54 »
Whether you need a macro lens or not depends on the size of the subject. :-)
And you can use extension tubes for "macro", or a lens reversing ring. They are cheap.

With this type of "object" shot you should be aiming to fill the frame with whatever the subject is. Unless you are leaving copy space, which you don't normally do with a plain bg.

The "message" is what it's all about really. Although as with everything it's not really that simple. Some people just want whatever object to illustrate their point.

« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2015, 16:30 »
In photoshop, make a new levels layer and use the white droptool (pipette) on the background to set wb.
Then zoom in.

« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2015, 07:29 »
It is a good effort. I would take time to explore the subject and play with the light. Don't be afraid to have shots with soft light and with harsh shadows at dramatic angles. There is nothing wrong with shadows if you have control of them. You have an advantage in working with still life and not a moving model or animal. You are only limited by the time you want to spend. I think you can get 4-5 different looks with a tripod, a sheet of white paper a few strong continuous lights and some wax paper or a shower curtain. A Macro lens would help you get close and fill the frame. An alternative to a macro would be an inexpensive set of extension tubes. Your on the right track.

« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2015, 15:23 »
Good effort, but i would play with the subject more to see what happens

« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2015, 11:42 »
Subjects should be bigger in the frame.


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