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Old 12-04-2011, 10:26
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I have been working to get my photos in my etsy shop better but am at a loss. I have made a light box and tried every place in my entire house under natural lighting and nothing seems to look right. My light box turned out terrible, I made it from some instructions here and I did it right but the colors still look dingy and off. I am using natural light bulbs with my box, is that right? Is it my camera? Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to edit the photos?? I really think the photos I have could be hurting my sales some. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:33
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Have you read this one? http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/pictu...light-box.html

She's using different light bulbs too.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:41
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I think it'll be better edit the image to remove the background. Here are some examples:

http://www.hipgirlclips.com/store/in...oducts_id=8780

The original pictures were taken using a light box. We edit almost every picture to post them online.

We use adobe photoshop to remove the background. If you don't have adobe photoshop, there's a free image editing software GIMP--http://www.gimp.org/

I've never used GIMP but I read a lot of good reviews about it.

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Old 12-04-2011, 10:47
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Have you read this one? http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/pictu...light-box.html

She's using different light bulbs too.

Thank you, I made mine from that post but my photos are worse than they were without it. I bought reveal natural light bulbs or something like that. Maybe I need to go get the flood lights some people are talking about.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:52
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Default Re: Help with taking product photos

I bought the supplies for a light box but never actually tried it.
I do mine indoors under sunlight.

Here is one I took today..



and here it is before editing in picasa..



A few tips from a Non professional
I have a regular Sony Cyber shot camera
*I never use flash
*I can only take pics at certain times of the day to get the right sunlight in that one specific spot of the house
*I find a white background is the easiest for editing

Hope that helps!
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I agree with the other ladies. Photo editing software is my BFF.
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Default Re: Help with taking product photos

I also do not use flash. I take pics inside next to my window with all of the blinds open or I take them outside. I then use a photo editing software to "fix" the pics. If you are using light bulbs inside, I've heard white bulbs work better, not sure if this applies to a light box. Also, when taking pictures you have to ensure you do not have extra "noise" or "interference" around, things that can create shadows, etc..
what exacty is wrong with your pictures?
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I broke down and bought a light tent and it came with some good lights. Its has made a world of difference in my photos.
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I've had similar struggles for sure!! Do you use photo editing software? I use Gimp (which is free) and love it! My suggestion is to edit the curves section. This has a different effect than adjusting the brightness/ contrast. If you want to send me a pic in a pm I can edit it with curves and message you back with an edited pic. I would do it on the board but it's against the rules/ laws to post someone else's pic and all.
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