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Product images with window gentle

Window gentle is a straightforward and reasonably priced choice for creating product photographs. We might not all the time have entry to lighting or the funds to purchase what we’d like.

A number of years in the past I wrote a ebook about one of many new Canon cameras that got here out. One of many necessities for this ebook was to have a product picture of the digital camera. I all the time {photograph} these photographs myself, and usually, I might flip to studio lights and an elaborate setup to get a pleasant white background and a well-lit picture of the digital camera.

In between books I’ve moved 3 times, my images topics have modified fairly a bit and I are likely to rely extra on pure gentle to get the look I’m after, and so most of my off-camera lighting gear is packed away. So when realizing I wanted to create remoted on-white product photographs of the digital camera, I needed to determine one thing out (and positively didn’t wish to dig up all of my additional lighting gear)!

Utilizing what you realize about window gentle

One of many topics I are likely to {photograph} essentially the most is food, and I do all of it within the consolation of my own residence. I don’t have a elaborate studio, in actual fact, up to now a number of years the entire locations I’ve lived in have had related setups in every of them. Often someplace in the lounge close to a big window. So I made a decision to make use of my meals images setup and see if I may make it work with product images. The excellent news is that sure, it labored!

Here’s a {photograph} of my setup I used to {photograph} the digital camera on the high of this text.

What I used to create the product picture


This can be a should with one of these work. I {photograph} with window gentle at low ISO to maintain the noise ranges down. This implies your publicity will be upward of a number of seconds, relying in your aperture (a wider aperture would imply a shorter publicity time).

Plenty of window gentle

I’ve my taking pictures desk arrange in opposition to a patio window, so the sunshine is absolutely unfold out. As you may see for this setup, nevertheless, all of my blinds have been shut however there was nonetheless sufficient gentle coming in to gentle up my scene.

I even have gentle coming in from different home windows within the room. As a result of my overhead room gentle makes use of a daylight-balanced CFL bulb then it didn’t adversely have an effect on the sunshine for my shot. It really added a contact of fill gentle to the scene.


I don’t all the time have a white foam board up in opposition to the backdrop of my setup, however I nearly all the time want to chop out a few of the gentle coming by the window, particularly when the blinds are opened. If in case you have harsh gentle coming in, then a big diffuser is an efficient answer to melt that gentle. The one I’ve within the background of this setup (and one I extremely suggest) is a 4-ft by 6-ft Lastolite Panelight Collapsible Diffuser.

White foam board

Foam board is a wonderful instrument to make use of for setups like these. It’s additionally tremendous low-cost! You may decide it up at craft shops for round $1-2 every. I’ve gobs of it and am all the time throwing it round my scenes to dam gentle and tame reflections. (BTW, black foam board can be good to have on-hand, simply in case you’ll want to lower gentle from an space as an alternative of reflecting it.)

Whiteboard (underneath the topic)

For this scene, I used a board I had laying round that had a white reflective floor on it. You will discover gadgets like this at house enchancment shops (and if you need a big piece, search for tile board; you will get massive items which might be very cheap.)

Window gentle works for a lot of conditions

The beauty of the setup I exploit is that it’s not solely good for white background pictures. It additionally works extraordinarily nicely with different forms of product photographs. That is nice in the event you promote gadgets on an internet site comparable to Etsy, eBay or Craigslist.

For this picture, I photographed a few of my current wheel-thrown ceramics. As an alternative of doing all of it on a white backdrop, I added some fabric and hand-knit cloth beneath for shade and texture.

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Disclaimer: This is only one solution to obtain this type of shot.

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