Tips for isolated objects

I recently started shooting stuff around my house but the background of my room is always such a bugger, especially with my blue walls.

If you do have white walls or even a proper professional studio this blog shouldn't be of much interest to you but if you are in the same situation as me I hope this helps.

To achieve a neatly isolated object all you need is a white sheet or paper of preference more thick than the regular one that you can curl behind your image. I got a large 2 square m one from a local bookstore while I was looking from wrapping for my Christmas presents. It worked out pretty well thus far. Make sure you place it near a window or have your ceiling light on when you take your photograph so that you or something other around your "lil studio" doesn't create any shadows.

An alternative to the large paper is a white (and clean) refrigerator or a white painted door and you can place a white sheet of regular A4 paper from your printer and just take a lil adjustments done with photoshop to remove certain lines. I have tried this one too.

I hope someone finds this useful.

Good example of clean isolated object in this picture here

Photo credits: Erik Lam.


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December 27, 2007


here's another one:
light box

December 27, 2007


Hi Star!!
You have to read this for diy light boxes: It's sooooooooooo goooood!
inexpensive light tent
Isnt that soo awesome?

Do you have any photos waiting to be accepted?

I saw some photomanips on deviant, I learned a lot already.
There is a girl on who is doing custom manips on photos.
You should check out etsy, they would LOVE your art prints...

December 27, 2007


Please please please post photomanipulation tips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish you would make a series of articles on it.......

December 27, 2007


Thanks Star! another tip, for small items, if you don't have a light box, you can use your laptop!!! Go to a website that's blank white, an empty dreamstime blog works! Take stacks of white printer paper, lay them on the keyboard, and lay another 2 sheets against the screen for extra diffused lighting. Use 2 lamps on each side of the laptop for good side lighting. You can move them further away to cut down on shadows.
In the daytime you might not need any side light and your laptop light might be enough to do the trick as fill light!

I learned in photography school, that the easiest lighting comes from the sides. The most difficult is back and front lighting that can create harsh shadow if you don't know how to use it.
So make sure to put the lights on the sides!
Or turn your laptop at an angle that will have natural lighting to it's side or sides.

Take tons of pics and move the camera at a fraction of an inch, to capture just the right light. A teenie tiny movement can make a huge difference.

They sell great fabric light boxes on ebay, and light box kits.
I have both now, and I love them.
But I still like to use my laptop trick, especially for ebay sales, on small items like jewels.

I can't wait to see your new photos!

December 27, 2007


What works as well is just a large paper (like you said) put it behind something and use two halogeen-lamps. These dont costs that much (the smaller ones don't anyway and you can get these from Ikea). If your budget is let's say 100 €, you can get a pretty good equipment.
A large lighttent (75x75 cm) costs around 35 € in the Netherlands, add some costs to send it. Than go to a local store where they sell materials to build houses. They'll have big halogeenlamps (construction lamps I call them) in different watts: 150, 300, 500, 1000. But these do get hot, so a small room would be good enough to pick a 150 Watts. You can buy standers for them too and they are not expensive at all!

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