So I now have had this camera for two days and I feel like a kid in a candy story. I carry this thing every where (and yes it feels so much sturdier and “right” than my XTi) and take pictures of everything and anything. I have been trying to take advantage of the better depth of field and larger sensor on the camera by taking different angles than I normally would. Not really much to right here so I will let the pictures do the talking!
Also check out my Flickr here to keep updated on ALL of my images that I will be uploading: http://www.flickr.com/photos/calledthestig
I purchased my first dSLR in February 2008 – Canon Rebel XTi. That camera had served me well for three years, making trips across the country and never skipping a beat. Always performing above and beyond what I ever expected of it especially towards present day when it approached being 5 years since the release date of the camera. In January I went down to Florida and as we boarded the plane the camera wouldn’t turn on — just totally dead. I left it in the hotel room and felt I was missing out on some great shots, but it was sort of a nice break to not be trying to always grab that picture and just enjoying vacation, which is probably something I really needed.
Upon returning from Florida, I called up Canon and sent the camera in for repair. After the issue was repaired and the camera was returned to me, I decided it was time to upgrade cameras. After a ton of research and insight from friends I knew that I wanted to go full frame and a used Canon 5D showed up at my apartment about two weeks later. The images in this post are some shots from the first day using the camera — what a solid piece of equipment; even after being released for 6 years, it still produces stunning images.
About a year ago I found an awesome tutorial on creating a Lightbox (or light tent) for taking product shots. Getting objects with a plain white background always confused me because they seemed to be so well lit, but there were no shadows or anything.
I started off with a cardboard box and a tshirt stretched across the sides of the box. I then tried firing flashes on either side of the box using my Paul C. Buff triggers, but that didn’t work too well. I then went out to home depot and got two flood lights (200W each) and placed those on each sides of the box and the images became MUCH better. I never would have thought to use constant lighting, but it definitely help me with metering the exposure.
Check out some more lightbox (product shots) below as well as the rest of my Lightbox set on Flickr: Lightbox & Product Shots.