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Lighting a product to get a pure white background

10 Jun 2009 2:59PM

I want to photograph product shots on a pure white background. Im using a small table top studio and an elinchrom d-lite 2 kit.
Im having trouble getting a pure white background, my shots seem to come out with a grey, dull look to the background.

I place the product on the white perspex and light the product using my kit, I have tried lighting the product from underneath, which does help but im still not getting the results I require?

Can anyone give me adivce on what to do to solve this problem?



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SimPick 12 545 2 Azerbaijan
10 Jun 2009 3:32PM
Hi Adam,

What camera do you have ? I am presuming that you can set a custom white balance ? Or shoot RAW and then choose the white balance later.


Sorry, how lazy of me. Should have looked at your PF. I see you have a 350d, and you can set custom WB. Take a shot of the background only, taking up the whole frame. Then go to camera settings -> white balance -> custom white balance. It will ask you to choose an image stored on your card. Choose the shot of the background that you took, and viola !
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2009 3:43PM
If you are getting a grey background your problem is more likely to be the lighting on the background rather than white balance.

Try to set up a light to shine on the background without any spill onto your product. It may take a few tries to get it right.

Once you have got your bg close to white you should be able to tweak it in PS to make it totally white.


10 Jun 2009 5:38PM
The simple answer is to set the background light 1.5 to 2 stops higher than your main light. Meter for your main light and you'll get a lovely pure white background.

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