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Stock Photos Ideas and Guide

Stock Photos Ideas and Guide

Coins

Coins Stacked in Accending Order

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/16.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 200

According to Wikipedia stock photography is “the supply of photographs, which are often licensed for specific uses.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock_photography)

I sell my stock images on multiple stock photo websites:

 

Single battery

Closeup of AA Batteries Positive Side

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 160
Coin falling

Coin Falling to the Ground

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/16.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 200

For all these photos I used a light tent and 3 speedlights. A light tent is a great piece of equipment for taking photos of small products. It is easy to create soft even lighting.

How to use a light tent

A light tent is similar to a light box. They are basically both a cube with translucent sides and a opening in the front. The translucent sides diffuses the light and creates an almost shadow-less lighting. It is also very easy to create an all round white background.

You can purchase a light tent on amazon or build your own light box. I prefer buying the light tent for its portability due to the light tent being able to fold up small. 

To get a pure white background as in all these photos sometimes requires a little bit of post processing. You need to overexpose the background by one stop. Usually what I do is add a speedlight to shoot light through the back. If there is some areas that is not completely white you can use the the dodge tool in Adiobe Photoshop.

Here is a great video showing how a light tent works:

Close up of pencil

Tip of a Pencil

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/8.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 100
Coins

Coins Spread Out

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/16.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 200
Coins

Coins

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/16.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 200
USB and Ethernet cable

USB and Ethernet Cables

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds and ISO 50
USB cable

USB Cable

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/16.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 200
Ethernet cable

Ethernet Cable

Gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro, a light tent and 3 speedlights
Camera settings: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 100

 

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