engines to zippers.
considered as product photography. The techniques
given here are not necessarily "locked up" in the studio.
They can be taken outside the confines of the studio and
put to good use in the field.
discussed in this section.
extension, vertical and horizontal swing adjustments,
tilt, rising front, and lateral shift and both long- and
short-focal-length lenses. All of these features exist on
a view camera.
the largest size in use today. Photographers that want to
produce the highest quality photography use it. Its large
film format and adjustments help to produce clear,
sharp, nearly distortion-free photographs that are in
have to be enlarged as much as smaller negatives. A large
ratios must be calculated and adjusted with care, and
highest quality, which are spotlessly clean, enhance the
photographic quality of any size format.
4x5 view camera, and you should use it for most product
photography. Whatever view camera you use, it must
be supported on a steady tripod.
space (such as inside the cockpit of an aircraft), a view
camera cannot be used for product photography, then a
medium-format camera should be your next choice.
large format camera simply because they are
willing to sacrifice quality for convenience,
rather than use a view camera. They
probably have the attitude of "it's good
enough for government work." Do not fall
into this trap. Instead, always strive to
professional quality. As we have said before,
Maintain the attitude that "nothing is too
good for the Navy."
short time. The film size, however, is not as conducive
to high-quality photography as the 8x10 or 4x5 formats.
The main disadvantage of a medium-format camera for
product photography is its lack of adjustments to correct
many photographers do not even consider it for use in
product photography, particularly in the studio. It does,
however, have its place in product photography,
particularly when a large number of exposures must be
made in rapid succession or when working space is very
limited; for example, inside the intake ducts of a jet
photography? There is no best camera to use; there is,
however, only one best camera to use for each
assignment, and you must be able to choose the one that
best meets the needs of the photographic assignment at
electronic flash or strobes. All lighting units have one or
several of the following means of controlling light:
reflectors, lenses, barn doors, diffusers, snoots,
umbrellas, or reflector boards.
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