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Boxing gloves - attempt at product photography

By MattK    
Hi all,

I have just got myself 2 extra flash guns. i already had a canon 430exii and now I also have 2 Yongnuo 560's. I had a bit of spare time so thought i would set up my black background and my flash guns to have a go at product photography as i have never done it before and multiple flash set ups are new to me!

I had my 430exii behind the gloves bouncing off the background (1/64) to backlight the gloves and then I had one Yongnuo 560 to the left of the gloves and slightly above (angled down slightly). The final Yonguo flash was a 45 degrees to the right of the gloves at a lower power level just to fill a bit of shadow that was being caused.

I used Yongnuo radio triggers to remotely fire all 3 flash guns and manually focused my camera before taking the shot (200th sec).

I have tried to place the gloves so that the pattern can be seen along with important text/logo's.

I would really appreciate any feedback you all can give me as I am new to flash photography and shooting products. I would also like to know typical 2-3 flash set ups I can use for product photography and any other tips you all have.



Tags: Flash Product General Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Flash and lighting Boxing gloves

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
7 Mar 2013 8:21PM
Youve done quite well overall with this.

I would suggest, if not done already, that all flashes have diffusers mounted. The shot is sharp and detailed, and you main points you wanted to show look good.

Whats not working great is the rear light to separate the gloves from the background. As it is, it looks a little more like an error with cloning in black, so you should brighten that area only just enough to show it as deliberate. Its awfully difficult to bounce light off a black surface, unless it has some reflective properties, as black simply kills light.

So, with what you had, youve done well. Ive uploaded a mod with that rear area a little lighter, and highlights toned down a touch, - they werent at all bad, just look better toned down. Cropped to an A4 format.

If you want to do small product photography, its hard to beat a light tent, - you can buy quite cheaply, or even make one.

Good work.



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MattK 6 63 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 8:31PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mod and your comments. I have looked at your mod and it is certainly an improvement. The lower highlights is noticeable straight away. I noticed the cloning error and lighter areas about ten minutes after uploading it so have already fixed that but didn't notice how bright the highlights were until you uploaded the mod so thank you.

Two of the flash guns did have diffusers on (left and rear) but the right hand one didn't which is why I think the front glove highlights in particular are much brighter than the rest. I will get another one to help with that in future so thank you.

You make a very good point about black killing light - obvious now you say it but I do feel quite silly!! A light tent is going on my project to do list as it will certainly help with this kind of work. This feedback is really useful so thank you for taking the time to do the mod and write your comments.

Now to try again and do better!

paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 8:43AM
Technically good, but you need to separate the gloves from the background. The blacks are intense and there is no separation in places. Either a backlight to give arim and thus separation, or change background colour, maybe a very dark grey. A bit of work with the dodge tool where black from one glve goes into the other might help too.

MattK 6 63 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 2:39PM
Hi Paul,

Thank you for your comment. I did try to give the back a bit of a rim light but like Willie said I think the black absorbed the light too much so your idea of changing the background colour is one I that I think will solve the problem. I only have black or white at the moment so decided on black due to the glove colour being white and I thought it would just get lost in a sea of whiteness. I do agree that due to the black background the black parts of the glove do tend to mould into one mass of darkness! A dark grey would be better like you said so thank you.

I know it sounds stupid but what do you mean by dodge tool?


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