Photographing lighters

Photograph lighters - a process seemingly trivial, but the result is often far from ideal. The most common problems occur when shooting polished surfaces (high polish, black ice, etc.), in which all is reflected. This often turns out that the devils.

Here I share a professional secret - how to remove the cigarette lighter in a beautiful home. We will need several sheets of white paper and a digital camera.

Now secrets.

First you need to create a sheet of white paper softbox to avoid unwanted reflections in the polished granite lighters, as well as to provide uniform distribution of light within. Ideally, all faces should reflect a white sheet, then the photo will surface is smooth and even, without further reflection.

You can use any light, natural light from the window to a table lamp. Lighter - the subject is small, and a softbox will provide even illumination. I use an ordinary desk lamp, illuminating the object from the top front.

Would be the best SLR camera, but good results can be achieved and compact. The main thing - to push the zoom lens to the maximum to avoid the trapezoidal distortion. Compact camera, set against the lighter, will give good results in macro terms of quality, but the shape of the object is strongly distorted, as in the figure on the right example. This is bad, because Zippo in life is not a trapezoid. So - zoom to the maximum, as the camera set back from the subject, but so that the lighter took the frame.

Still - it is important to set the white balance on the camera, so that the output does not get a picture with a strong yellow or blue tint. If the camera supports only selects a preset setting, select the balance for natural light, incandescent or fluorescent lamps according to your lighting fittings. At SLR I always put the white balance on the model: first photograph plain white sheet of paper with my light, and then tells the camera that the balance should be put on the picture. As a result, the white in the picture will always be white, not yellow or blue.

And finally - when shooting aperture should be as covered, and the camera should preferably be on a stand or table, as the shutter can get long.

The result obtained with all these tricks, usually requires only the most minimal finishing in Photoshop (cropping, levels, light white balance correction). It looks a million :)

Well and pictures finally: What is the process and the result looks like.

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  1. long_boy (21.09.2009 20:26) ( Reply )

    Great little article, just buzzing with a plus :). Be sure to try, but first you need to think where to make a softbox!

  2. botas (22.09.2009 03:47) ( Reply )

    One option - make a soft box of vintage Zippo boxes. However, this would allow only a few people in the world ;)
    The article is great! Thank you, Vladimir!
    The paper to add: do not forget to take a picture with a cloth to wipe the lighter, particularly polished - that was a perfectly clean surface.

  3. Captain Murphy (23.09.2009 22:38) ( Reply )

    Thank you for this article, just to poprobyvat.A paper should be just white or glossy?

    1. kypexin (09.23.2009 forty-three past ten p.m.) ( Reply )

      I did not try to gloss, to look. But the gloss can give unwanted reflections.

  4. SlyKers (one forty-five 02.11.2009) ( Reply )

    More good results can be achieved if the photograph macro photography - once with a flash, one - without, and then throw in a program like qtpfsgui and ottonmappit. Like so:

    Unfortunately, I have not polished lighter, but I think it will be a polished, too bad

    1. kypexin (two twenty-one 02.11.2009) ( Reply )

      Well, over a photograph can poizvraschatsya hundred different ways :) But we are interested in is something realistic, yet elegant image :)

  5. serg (18.09.2010 19:28) ( Reply )

    But the conventional scanner photos obtained are also very good! And the city does not have anything to

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