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Using the EZCube ($100)

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I just set up this photo tent, and it's great. This is a one of those 30 inch by 30 inch. Now, you can get a lot of these online. I got this one at TableTop Studios. Now, one of the things I really like about it, it's a nylon tent, completely translucent, so anywhere I move the lights, the light quality is going to be great. Well, a couple of things that's great about these ideas is that they come in all different sizes. It was pretty hard to choose a different size, but the idea here is you want flexibility on all the different products you shoot. You don't want something too big and you don't want something too small. This one seemed to work for me.

Using the EZCube ($100)

I just set up this photo tent, and it's great. This is a one of those 30 inch by 30 inch. Now, you can get a lot of these online. I got this one at TableTop Studios. Now, one of the things I really like about it, it's a nylon tent, completely translucent, so anywhere I move the lights, the light quality is going to be great. Well, a couple of things that's great about these ideas is that they come in all different sizes. It was pretty hard to choose a different size, but the idea here is you want flexibility on all the different products you shoot. You don't want something too big and you don't want something too small. This one seemed to work for me.

Now, here's another one. What's great about it is they go flat and they come right out to a nice size. This makes storage really easy and you can see it's really light. Now, there is a couple of features of this that I want to mention for sure. So, from the top, first of all, there is a zipper, the zipper allows you to access the top. When you are accessing the top, you can shoot like through there. You can even stand on a ladder and shoot your camera down through there, which is really wonderful. Now, I have these clips. The clips are great because they allow all these different rigging mechanisms up here.

I can snap on a backdrop, I can take these rivets here. There are rivets that run along the side and the rivets allow for rigging of like wire or fishing line and I can hang things from it. Well, why would I want to do that? Well, if I hang something from the top, it removes all the shadows. So, I can shoot in from this side. Now whether that be lights, all this access is really fantastic. Well, what else do we have? Now towards the front, this is your primary shooting surface and you want to make sure that you have lot of backdrops. They come with all kinds.

Now, you can make these. You can have textured paper. You can have reflective paper, all kinds of different types. I usually keep a white and a black in my bag. Now, another thing that you want to think about is what you're shooting and how the reflections come out of this. Now, we're in a studio with lots and lots of lights. So, those lights are reflecting off of the material here. If you want to shade that, you have this. This is a really nice front surface, this front surface can velcro beautifully onto the front itself. Now, what's great about it is there's a zipper, right in the middle here.

Now the zipper allows you to get just the configuration of your camera itself and poke a little lens through there, reducing all the reflections. Now, inside there, all the light qualities are the same. So, when you set up those type of shots and tear down, the shooting environment is fantastic. So, look into the photo tent. Now it's a little bit more expensive than some of the other options or something you might make yourself, but the trade-off, if you do a lot of shooting, it should be great.

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Product Photography for E-Commerce

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  1. 1m 11s
    1. Introduction
      1m 11s
  2. 10m 6s
    1. Point-and-shoot photography
      4m 45s
    2. Digital SLRs and lenses
      3m 19s
    3. Additional equipment
      2m 2s
  3. 8m 54s
    1. Keeping it simple
      56s
    2. Angles, triangles, and cropping
      1m 4s
    3. Getting great close-ups using macro
      45s
    4. Adding context with backgrounds
      42s
    5. Using live models
      1m 29s
    6. Using diffused, natural light
      47s
    7. Turning off the flash
      29s
    8. Using a quick setup and tear down
      52s
    9. Shooting multiple images
      1m 5s
    10. Keeping it human
      45s
  4. 10m 44s
    1. You CAN do this!
      45s
    2. Build it yourself for $10
      6m 4s
    3. Build it yourself for $30
      1m 17s
    4. Using the EZCube ($100)
      2m 38s
  5. 5m 1s
    1. Equipment choices and price ranges
      2m 47s
    2. Positioning and assembly
      2m 14s
  6. 7m 28s
    1. Shooting like a trusted seller
      2m 20s
    2. Establishing trust with audio
      2m 25s
    3. Beyond the 360 view
      2m 43s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Tips and tricks
      1m 41s
    2. Coins
      3m 9s
    3. Jewelry
      2m 31s
    4. Collectibles and toys
      3m 8s
  8. 15m 0s
    1. Clothing, shoes, and accessories
      10m 53s
    2. Glass and transparency
      4m 7s
  9. 21m 9s
    1. Shooting larger stuff
      4m 40s
    2. Real estate curb appeal
      3m 48s
    3. Living spaces
      4m 46s
    4. Panoramas
      1m 7s
    5. Kitchen spaces
      1m 45s
    6. Tall spaces
      2m 7s
    7. Special features
      1m 57s
    8. Real estate photography overview
      59s
  10. 16m 35s
    1. Cropping and adjusting
      4m 53s
    2. Retouching
      5m 10s
    3. Using your iPhone as a publishing platform
      6m 32s
  11. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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