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MaakieMaakieIl y a 4 ans
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Hello!

As announced in earlier blogs, I'm currently working on a photography set-up which I will use for future reviews! I did some tests and would love to see the votes/opinions of the community!

On purpose I will keep it a secret what the difference in set-up is with the tests, as I want people to judge on looks only! Of course I'm willing to tell what methods were used after voting has ended, I think I will keep voting open until friday. Sorry in advance for some pictures being very similar! ;)

Test 1

Full shot
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7Wlp_Xzf2XE/VwfvWhJY9tI/AAAAAAAAE1I/c77BNXmt7pkY1JjbsTDLeHR-5DB3EslgACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0851.JPG

Detail zoom
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KCHo7DmvD0Y/VwfvWXrcQaI/AAAAAAAAE1A/02o4dlv7aI4GXjg01rPcecYyoaeZUkQ7gCCo/s374-Ic42/IMG_0851_.JPG

Close up
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4rguQh-HmBY/VwfvWgZkhFI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/GGRyarI1Hh85txNebRo3vqMWcNf1BgjiQCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0852.JPG

Test 2

Full shot
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Sks-9ybNbwA/VwfvXHkRGtI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/cvLgZVgovTMPI-6xVo8PulUukH-dY2TAgCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0855.JPG

Detail zoom
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bNlJVjF-Vx4/VwfvXDltRHI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/3UKJFSzg4-gQ4KmB2cANjXkUYO5cFFnUgCCo/s401-Ic42/IMG_0855_.JPG

Close up
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9iA1g9BDgzU/VwfvXuTE3MI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/GTwr81LAjocSEd9jCjr9UXt21GipQTYjwCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0856.JPG

Test 3

Full shot
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-f9L9C19iEuU/VwfvXxUs24I/AAAAAAAAE2Y/2IqtGjiIM-wtqhIoVW5cv25ojhUxD17tACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0857.JPG

Detail zoom
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-q6efadiHrAs/VwfvXxNy1uI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/xjdJABlm8DQJnmsy2A4tlEm7cZXmmvAVQCCo/s384-Ic42/IMG_0857_.JPG

Close up
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-I31gESD0SUI/VwfvYRm-zuI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/jvR9oCKGF6MAAFC8CXuF358cKeB_9d1BwCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0858.JPG

Test 4

Full shot
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-15VD4jjxJ5w/VwfvYs9rSLI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/eW-KV9_4l3wmrQCbNkAeiY2RcrlvK4PcACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0859.JPG

Detail zoom
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9xAYB3bIraQ/VwfvYgBN2uI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/T4WCwgbLzrgpDkBHjDHDmHqEIpybtTGvwCCo/s375-Ic42/IMG_0859_.JPG

Close up
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qWeEFLhDcRU/VwfvZDoph2I/AAAAAAAAE2Y/MyIo1c6brQI8xQjxZKAUg11Vr-XiMrQ-ACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0860.JPG

Test 5

Full shot
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Rc0oleA_t8Y/VwfvZSBmebI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/EEN0nqQ_pWw05kSrn2aTZRSBe-bcLl2MACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0861.JPG

Detail zoom
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-d3loloB6o0g/VwfvZR1-fqI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/PIwG5GWTDckPA6K5YRO0yWsdSsaDEiWMwCCo/s376-Ic42/IMG_0861_.JPG

Close up
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-esxy0W_MqHU/VwfvaC0iRfI/AAAAAAAAE2g/d0Rw4WzBzI0CdJdCZAXC4EG5eaL_9-_AQCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0862.JPG

Test 6

Full shot
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EhxF2CSHmeA/VwfvbiJpu3I/AAAAAAAAE2g/UBDhazWsTVs3fqLyl-FNNwb4I_LcjRWAwCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0865.JPG

Detail zoom
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Si-pMpWq6qg/VwfvbgM2VbI/AAAAAAAAE2g/eJLUvBhIc00DuI_MguD4BsugBkTlixGVACCo/s335-Ic42/IMG_0865_.JPG

Close up
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HKoG_1V-0NA/VwfvcCgxbEI/AAAAAAAAE2g/J2pG9bmIfz00zahRNR7VpGvbCr_-QkoWwCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0866.JPG

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Full shot
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7Wlp_Xzf2XE/VwfvWhJY9tI/AAAAAAAAE1I/c77BNXmt7pkY1JjbsTDLeHR-5DB3EslgACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0851.JPG
Test 1
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Sks-9ybNbwA/VwfvXHkRGtI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/cvLgZVgovTMPI-6xVo8PulUukH-dY2TAgCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0855.JPG
Test 2
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-f9L9C19iEuU/VwfvXxUs24I/AAAAAAAAE2Y/2IqtGjiIM-wtqhIoVW5cv25ojhUxD17tACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0857.JPG
Test 3
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-15VD4jjxJ5w/VwfvYs9rSLI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/eW-KV9_4l3wmrQCbNkAeiY2RcrlvK4PcACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0859.JPG
Test 4
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Rc0oleA_t8Y/VwfvZSBmebI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/EEN0nqQ_pWw05kSrn2aTZRSBe-bcLl2MACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0861.JPG
Test 5
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EhxF2CSHmeA/VwfvbiJpu3I/AAAAAAAAE2g/UBDhazWsTVs3fqLyl-FNNwb4I_LcjRWAwCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0865.JPG
Test 6

Detail zoom
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KCHo7DmvD0Y/VwfvWXrcQaI/AAAAAAAAE1A/02o4dlv7aI4GXjg01rPcecYyoaeZUkQ7gCCo/s374-Ic42/IMG_0851_.JPG
Test 1
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bNlJVjF-Vx4/VwfvXDltRHI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/3UKJFSzg4-gQ4KmB2cANjXkUYO5cFFnUgCCo/s401-Ic42/IMG_0855_.JPG
Test 2
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-q6efadiHrAs/VwfvXxNy1uI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/xjdJABlm8DQJnmsy2A4tlEm7cZXmmvAVQCCo/s384-Ic42/IMG_0857_.JPG
Test 3
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9xAYB3bIraQ/VwfvYgBN2uI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/T4WCwgbLzrgpDkBHjDHDmHqEIpybtTGvwCCo/s375-Ic42/IMG_0859_.JPG
Test 4
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-d3loloB6o0g/VwfvZR1-fqI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/PIwG5GWTDckPA6K5YRO0yWsdSsaDEiWMwCCo/s376-Ic42/IMG_0861_.JPG
Test 5
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Si-pMpWq6qg/VwfvbgM2VbI/AAAAAAAAE2g/eJLUvBhIc00DuI_MguD4BsugBkTlixGVACCo/s335-Ic42/IMG_0865_.JPG
Test 6

Close up
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4rguQh-HmBY/VwfvWgZkhFI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/GGRyarI1Hh85txNebRo3vqMWcNf1BgjiQCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0852.JPG
Test 1
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9iA1g9BDgzU/VwfvXuTE3MI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/GTwr81LAjocSEd9jCjr9UXt21GipQTYjwCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0856.JPG
Test 2
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-I31gESD0SUI/VwfvYRm-zuI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/jvR9oCKGF6MAAFC8CXuF358cKeB_9d1BwCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0858.JPG
Test 3
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qWeEFLhDcRU/VwfvZDoph2I/AAAAAAAAE2Y/MyIo1c6brQI8xQjxZKAUg11Vr-XiMrQ-ACCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0860.JPG
Test 4
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-esxy0W_MqHU/VwfvaC0iRfI/AAAAAAAAE2g/d0Rw4WzBzI0CdJdCZAXC4EG5eaL_9-_AQCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0862.JPG
Test 5
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HKoG_1V-0NA/VwfvcCgxbEI/AAAAAAAAE2g/J2pG9bmIfz00zahRNR7VpGvbCr_-QkoWwCCo/s640-Ic42/IMG_0866.JPG
Test 6


The figure used is an example and won't be reviewed!

Behind the scènes bonus picture:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Vja28c6rw7Y/VwfvbanN7GI/AAAAAAAAE2g/GtdPyryspC4V9GXgpFWSsdTszhd8CVEUQCCo/s912-Ic42/IMG_0864.JPG

I have my own preferences, but am curious to the votes/opinions of the community to see which way I go~ Thanks for looking/voting! ^^

Edit --------------------------------------------------

Set-up used:

Test 1: Light box outdoors* and nothing else
Test 2: Light box outdoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights
Test 3: Light box outdoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights + 1 smaller, bright light
Test 4: Light box indoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights + 1 smaller, bright light
Test 5: Light box indoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights
Test 6: Light box indoors + 1 smaller, bright light
* I had the light box set up in my garden in the spot that catches the most sunlight. Yeah, my country doesn't have much sun lol.
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Which test do you prefer?

76%Test 1
12%Test 2
10%Test 3
0%Test 4
2%Test 5
0%Test 6
50 votesLes votes sont publiques

Commentaires21

VioFitzIl y a 4 ans#8869108Yeah, the shadows quite bugging but, atleast the pic is fine & clear to see for me. I need to learn more about proper photoshoots on the lighting, so far I only depends on my photoshop to edit all of my photos.

To me it already looks like I have a lot less shadows with just daylight + a light box, than my previous set-up where I used day-light and a backdrop only. Maybe you should also think about getting a lightbox?
Il y a 4 ans
MaakieIl y a 4 ans#8727707Just edited the types of set-up in my main post and here they are also:
Set-up used:
Test 1: Light box outdoors* and nothing else
Test 2: Light box outdoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights
Test 3: Light box outdoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights + 1 smaller, bright light
Test 4: Light box indoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights + 1 smaller, bright light
Test 5: Light box indoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights
Test 6: Light box indoors + 1 smaller, bright light
* I had the light box set up in my garden in the spot that catches the most sunlight. Yeah, my country doesn't have much sun lol.
I think it will probably surprise you that set-up 1 was taken outside. ;) I don't live in a country with a lot of sun... ^^''
Oh man, that tutorial...! I really respect your for making it, but it's way above my skill level both in photography and editing! O.o
Well #3 is a combination of as much natural light I could get as possible accompanied with a lot of artificial. I think looking at your review-pictures you do something likewise for the pictures in your reviews?
Zooming in on my computer also, #3 is very sharp, maybe I can fix those pictures better with some color-correction in Photoshop, hrmmmm.
Yeah, natural light seems to be giving the most crisp results, but there are unfortunately quite some shadows too...
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I'll try some more things with my set-up this weekend and I will make a new blog post somewhere next week about that with new tests! :)


Yeah, the shadows quite bugging but, atleast the pic is fine & clear to see for me. I need to learn more about proper photoshoots on the lighting, so far I only depends on my photoshop to edit all of my photos.
Il y a 4 ans
Just edited the types of set-up in my main post and here they are also:

Set-up used:

Test 1: Light box outdoors* and nothing else
Test 2: Light box outdoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights
Test 3: Light box outdoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights + 1 smaller, bright light
Test 4: Light box indoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights + 1 smaller, bright light
Test 5: Light box indoors + 2 medium sized, medium brightness lights
Test 6: Light box indoors + 1 smaller, bright light
* I had the light box set up in my garden in the spot that catches the most sunlight. Yeah, my country doesn't have much sun lol.

superunatureIl y a 4 ans#8594194I think for now, it would be better-off for you to practice outside where there is ample light.

I think it will probably surprise you that set-up 1 was taken outside. ;) I don't live in a country with a lot of sun... ^^''

carbon1903Il y a 4 ans#8604286I was in a similar situation to you and use a similar set up (light tent), so i will chime in.
You need to learn to process your photo, it will make a day and night difference. Lightroom and Photoshop are the 2 most popular software out there. What you want to do is bumping the exposure up, and use brush or clone tool to delete the darker areas. I wrote a blog about that sometimes ago here blog/23131&...
It would be alot easier if you can use stronger/more light, for example 1 on top.


Oh man, that tutorial...! I really respect your for making it, but it's way above my skill level both in photography and editing! O.o

victorviperIl y a 4 ans#8605889I seem to be in the minority, but I like the softer look of 3, in part because the lighting of the background is a little more even.

Well #3 is a combination of as much natural light I could get as possible accompanied with a lot of artificial. I think looking at your review-pictures you do something likewise for the pictures in your reviews?

Zooming in on my computer also, #3 is very sharp, maybe I can fix those pictures better with some color-correction in Photoshop, hrmmmm.

VioFitzIl y a 4 ans#8711677Hmmm... I choose 1, In my case I only prefer something that my eyes could see it clearly so, I don't care about how the lighting's goes.

Yeah, natural light seems to be giving the most crisp results, but there are unfortunately quite some shadows too...

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I'll try some more things with my set-up this weekend and I will make a new blog post somewhere next week about that with new tests! :)
Il y a 4 ans
Hmmm... I choose 1, In my case I only prefer something that my eyes could see it clearly so, I don't care about how the lighting's goes.
Il y a 4 ans
I seem to be in the minority, but I like the softer look of 3, in part because the lighting of the background is a little more even.
Il y a 4 ans
I was in a similar situation to you and use a similar set up (light tent), so i will chime in.

You need to learn to process your photo, it will make a day and night difference. Lightroom and Photoshop are the 2 most popular software out there. What you want to do is bumping the exposure up, and use brush or clone tool to delete the darker areas. I wrote a blog about that sometimes ago here blog/23131&...

It would be alot easier if you can use stronger/more light, for example 1 on top.
Il y a 4 ans
MaakieIl y a 4 ans#8573549Jep, this is the camera mentioned in my profile, as mentioned a few comments below I'm trying to get the best out of it. I can try to improve the light diffusing/amount of light, but I'm a bit stuck with the ISO (on top of that I'm no professional, so I'm googling lots of stuff and asking around here :P).
I will keep your recommendations in mind, as I've been thinking about getting a better camera in the near future. :)


I think for now, it would be better-off for you to practice outside where there is ample light.
Il y a 4 ans
superunatureIl y a 4 ans#8573269well, to be honest, if you are using a point and shoot as indicated in your profile, these will probably be as good as you can get because while point and shoot is great outside, it is not so much inside.
for a budget non-dslr, I highly suggest Sony RX-100.
it has one of the biggest sensor and indoor capabilities of point and shoot camera.
for a budget dslr, I suggest older mid-level models as opposed to new entry-models, it's much easier to use. canon t4i, sony a77, and nikon d7000 is great value for the money.


Jep, this is the camera mentioned in my profile, as mentioned a few comments below I'm trying to get the best out of it. I can try to improve the light diffusing/amount of light, but I'm a bit stuck with the ISO (on top of that I'm no professional, so I'm googling lots of stuff and asking around here :P).

I will keep your recommendations in mind, as I've been thinking about getting a better camera in the near future. :)
Il y a 4 ans
MaakieIl y a 4 ans#8570869Thanks for the input! ^^
I didn't use flash in any of the pictures, but you mean it looks like it was used?
I'm also testing around with ISO, so if you have a good tip for which option I should use for making the pictures for small item photography, let me know. :) Online research gave me these options/results. ^^''


well, to be honest, if you are using a point and shoot as indicated in your profile, these will probably be as good as you can get because while point and shoot is great outside, it is not so much inside.

for a budget non-dslr, I highly suggest Sony RX-100.
it has one of the biggest sensor and indoor capabilities of point and shoot camera.

for a budget dslr, I suggest older mid-level models as opposed to new entry-models, it's much easier to use. canon t4i, sony a77, and nikon d7000 is great value for the money.
Il y a 4 ans
gemelliIl y a 4 ans#8570423I think test 1 looks best! :)

Thanks for the input! ^^

superunatureIl y a 4 ans#8570683all too dark, makes color look way off.
Test 1 looks best but if you use flash, color is going to be off, and iso looks too high/ grainy.
not enough light coming from your light box.


I didn't use flash in any of the pictures, but you mean it looks like it was used?

I'm also testing around with ISO, so if you have a good tip for which option I should use for making the pictures for small item photography, let me know. :) Online research gave me these options/results. ^^''
Il y a 4 ans
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