DIY Product Photography How To & Hacks Any suggestions on photography of clothing? Lighting--wise.

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Original Post

Sola says

Hello. I have been selling clothing on the internet for nearly 11 years now. Started when my son was about 2 years old and he is now 13 yrs old. Time flies! Anyhow, from the way beginning I always used cloudy outside lighting. Works like magic. But, it gets too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer and now we are in the middle of pollen season! Yellow everywhere. I have resorted to boucing my flash from the ceiling. It works, but I have lost that magic to the colors and the fabric. any suggestions on inside lighting for clothing photography? How about editing programs. I just bought Lightroom 3, could I use that program to enhance photos of clothing? If so, please let me know. I am grateful for your time. --Sola

Posted at 3:43 pm Mar 12, 2012 EDT


Sola says

BTW: I also own a smith-victor lamp-light (2 of them). Don't laugh but I am still also using photoshop CS (yes, the first one). I am going to have to upgrade because I bought a new computer with Windows 7 and the original CS is not compatible so I have a lot of problems running CS on 7. Any place you know of that I can get a reasonably priced newer CS? I am by no means a photoshop pro. Matter of fact, I know very little and I don't use many of the features. This is why I never felt the need to upgrade. But, Windows 7 is forcing my hand. Thanks!

Posted at 3:50 pm Mar 12, 2012 EDT

hi sola,

indoor lighting:
the good thing and the bad thing about bounced lighting is that it give you even diffused lighting. sounds like you have a really good lighting set up.

to get color and contrast for your images, you can increase: 1) saturation; 2) contrast along with; 3) brightness a little to get more pop. just a little of each adds up and creates a more nuanced effect. the original photoshop has all of this. it's a classic. i can't believe it won't run on windows 7. i have the cs4. i hear the photoshop cs5 has some fancy panoramic stitching stuff. it's a little outside of product photography, but it's nice to have power tools. :)

look on craigslist for photoshop cs3 and cs4. there should be good deals.

Posted at 10:26 am Mar 17, 2012 EDT

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