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More “behind the scenes” stuff. When I was decluttering in January, I found an old clip frame with a godawful acrylic painting done right on the hardboard backing, from back when I was learning to paint a bit.
It would have been difficult to reuse as a frame, but then I had an idea: I bought a metre or so of black fabric from a stall in Saint Nick’s market and framed it, making a nice black reflective surface for product photography.
Photo frame with black fabric on the table, black velvet backdrop draped over a chair, 60D with the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM lens and on-camera flash (430EX II) bounced off the ceiling. I closed the venetian blinds for the shooting to reduce the ambient light. Shot at 1/60th, f/9, processed in Lightroom to tone-curve the backdrop to solid black, remove some of the inevitable bits of dust that show up so well on black backgrounds, plus a linear filter to fade to black toward the bottom of the photo.
I used the 40mm mostly because that’s what was on the camera when I picked it up. It worked well enough, but I’m thinking a longer focal length lens might have done a better job, giving me more scope with angles as less of the non-black background would have been in shot from any given vantage point.
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More “behind the scenes” stuff. When I was decluttering in January, I found an old clip frame with a godawful acrylic painting done right on the hardboard backing, from back when I was learning to paint a bit.
It would have been difficult to reuse as a frame, but then I had an idea: I bought a metre or so of black fabric from a stall in Saint Nick’s market and framed it, making a nice black reflective surface for product photography.
Photo frame with black fabric on the table, black velvet backdrop draped over a chair, 60D with the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM lens and on-camera flash (430EX II) bounced off the ceiling. I closed the venetian blinds for the shooting to reduce the ambient light. Shot at 1/60th, f/9, processed in Lightroom to tone-curve the backdrop to solid black, remove some of the inevitable bits of dust that show up so well on black backgrounds, plus a linear filter to fade to black toward the bottom of the photo.
I used the 40mm mostly because that’s what was on the camera when I picked it up. It worked well enough, but I’m thinking a longer focal length lens might have done a better job, giving me more scope with angles as less of the non-black background would have been in shot from any given vantage point.
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More “behind the scenes” stuff. When I was decluttering in January, I found an old clip frame with a godawful acrylic painting done right on the hardboard backing, from back when I was learning to paint a bit.

It would have been difficult to reuse as a frame, but then I had an idea: I bought a metre or so of black fabric from a stall in Saint Nick’s market and framed it, making a nice black reflective surface for product photography.

Photo frame with black fabric on the table, black velvet backdrop draped over a chair, 60D with the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM lens and on-camera flash (430EX II) bounced off the ceiling. I closed the venetian blinds for the shooting to reduce the ambient light. Shot at 1/60th, f/9, processed in Lightroom to tone-curve the backdrop to solid black, remove some of the inevitable bits of dust that show up so well on black backgrounds, plus a linear filter to fade to black toward the bottom of the photo.

I used the 40mm mostly because that’s what was on the camera when I picked it up. It worked well enough, but I’m thinking a longer focal length lens might have done a better job, giving me more scope with angles as less of the non-black background would have been in shot from any given vantage point.

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