Seeking tips on product pic station setup


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Old 04-10-23, 12:20 PM
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Seeking tips on product pic station setup


so this is my currently messy product pic setup. Works pretty nice cleaned up but I'm considering using a long roll of paper hanging down from above against the walll(to the left) over a longer lower coffee table, with the "infinity" look of the paper curving from the wal to over top the table, if you can imagine it.

Anyway, if anyone is familiar with this setup I'm just looking for tips on how to set it up. I don't even know how wide these rolls go and if enough for my needs, about 60+ inches. Also, how best to hang a roll of paper or even just a cut sheet if that would be much less... intrusive to the sheetrock behind it. I've seen someone use a towel rack but they're too narrow. Maybe get one and just replace it with pvc pipe of sufficient length? I think that would be the way to go
 
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Old 04-10-23, 07:01 PM
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Why ?
Where are you selling ?
I spend a lot of time on ebay and like the clean look.
Most of the stuff is shot against a matte white or off white background. Nothing fancy.
 
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Old 04-10-23, 07:35 PM
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Why what? It's only messy just because that's what it's doing right now lol. Do you know about the "infinity" setup with a roll of white paper? You don't see the corners of the walls behind the item and allows you to use less square footage technically I guess and using a wall or two(like my current setup) and remove wall corners. Like I said I don't mind them but the more5i think of it the infinity look keeps growing on me. It really makes the product pop put. Just like back there pulls away from the focal point. Idk. Just my initial thoughts. And disposable paper vs washing several sheets... I slightly lean paper roll. Setting up fabric is a pain. Paper would be much less in total I'm imagine. Yes, eBay. And I want a larger space than typical as I sell some larger stuff
 
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Old 04-10-23, 08:46 PM
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Honestly when I'm shopping I don't notice or particularly care what's in the background.
I guess if I was selling some very expensive items I'd want a custom background.

Yes I'm aware of the wrap around type view but typically the focus is on the piece... not the backdrop.
Some interesting ideas.... photography background

I'm sure Dane will stop by. He usually has some creative ideas.
 
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Old 04-11-23, 05:17 AM
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That is not a photo of a pic station. It's a wrinkly sheet hanging in a corner over a mess. You can do mostly what you want with what you have there but your going to have to approach it more professionally and actually build what you need. You have to keep the sheet smooth and with wrinkles or bunching. You want a nice curve from the vertical back wall to the horizontal "floor". It really helps if all the surfaces behind the sheet are bright white so they don't telegraph through the sheet. Sheets of white foam core make a easy base and backdrop for a sheet.

If you don't want to make a dedicated photo area I would buy a setup. There are tons of options from B&H, Adorama and of course Amazon. You can get the size you want and many can be disassembled and put away so it's not taking up space when your not using it.
 
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Old 04-11-23, 05:44 PM
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Well I wasn't trying to show you my mess. I just had to lol. I order to show you what I work with. Anyway, I've decided I'll be doing the paper roll. I'm not sure about the wall coming through the sheet. My pics have been pretty nice. The main thing is ease of use/management. And the sheet sucks. So unless anyone have a better idea I'm gonna just install a towel rack but with a long roller somehow. Home depot will have something. I guess then it will be the paper I'll need to research. This will be clean and easy I predict. I'm also redoing the lighting DIY since I have bright leds but I need a softbox or two. But I think I got that covered. Oh, and no, not going to the floor. But a nice long and low coffee table to accommodate larger things like a vacuum.
 
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I kept a roll of pure white paper. I would roll it out in a curved fashion to form a seamless backdrop. Then when I was done I'd roll the paper back up for storage. And when I got the paper dirty I'd just cut off the bad part and work with fresh, clean paper.

Suspending the paper so it's not touching anything or has nothing close behind it helps prevent them from telegraphing through. The bottom is a problem so I'd usually put down a white sheet first as a backing.

With paper you can do some fun things by back lighting the paper if you want. You can use white or different colored lights to get whatever affect you want or to make your product stand out better.
 
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You need two light stands and a crossbar, all available from photography stores or amazon.
Google "seamless paper background" image and you'd see many examples.
 
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Thanks for the tips. I'll be researching these "seamless backdrop" setups
 
 

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