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04/23/2011 11:05:55 AM · #1
Hi there

I would like to take a picture of a badge I am selling but I keep getting a shadow at the back.

Its on a white background but not sure what settings to do it at.

any help will be great.

04/23/2011 11:47:15 AM · #2
It's not just the camera settings it's also about the set-up. Are you using flash? That could be why you are gettinga shadow. I like to use natural outdoor lighting, generally in the shade or you could use a softbox to give overall even lighting.
04/23/2011 12:23:14 PM · #3
If your camera has a hotshoe then I would pick up a cheap flash that can be angled for bounce. Nikon's units are a little pricy but with a sync cord and an extra tripod even the non bounce base model can be used. I used the Sigma EF-530 DG Super which used to run about 220 its been replaced. Quantaray has a competitive piece for 99 bucks, not the best but it will get the job done.

All of these single flash bounced off the ceiling or a peice of paper. Shot on a peice of paper except the chip was on a mirror. The trick sometimes is a slight overexposure and then bring it back with levels but this can have its consequences if the borders are light already.
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I cant help you with natural light but if you have a hotshoe flash here is a way to give it a go. Since the flash is hopefully overpowering all natural light shutter speed isn't gonna do much of anything for you. The flash duration is somewhat fixed at a given power. Start with the flash on manual at full power either straight up or maybe angled backwards bouncing off a white ceiling/wall or paper or paperboard.

It seems some camera's wont hold 1/60s when you go into aperture priority so if your camera is like that your gonna have to go full manual. From there fire off test shots while adjusting the aperture till you get the DoF/Focus you want. If your going shallow then you will end up adjusting flash power. If not then you will hit a point where you can't close the aperture any further without it being too dark and at this point you can adjust iso to compensate if needed.

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04/23/2011 12:46:01 PM · #4
If you could describe your setup and the equipment you have available, it would help us to offer potential solutions. If you only have the built in flash on your D90, I'd suggest getting a large piece of white paper for a background and using some desk lamps to illuminate the scene evenly. Watch your white balance settings or shoot in RAW, household light bulbs can have unpleasant color casts to them.
04/24/2011 03:58:44 AM · #5
The easiest thing to do is to build a tiny light tent out of white paper, take it outside in the middle of the day and shoot. No lights needed, even and full, multidirection. Beyond that, you can use a lighttent indoors with flash or whatever light you want, but for the size of thing you're doing, that's the first thing I'd recommend. Google "light tent" and get a bit crafty. Supplies are minimal, some white paper and bamboo skewers will get you done. Hell, you could use soda straws....or a cardboard box with the sides cut out.
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