Controlling Light with a Light Box
When photographing objects the most important aspect is to control the light and this includes reflections. You see for an object, whatever it is, to appear at its best you have to light it in such a way that it’s form reveals itself to the viewer.
When the lighting is awry or a high gloss object is placed in a busy room, the viewer’s cognitive skills ( subconsciously ) have to be brought into play and this detracts from the final presentation. You want to avoid this whenever you can.
For bigger objects we use screens and defusers to control the light. But for smaller objects we can use a light tent or photo box. Real Light Box Examples
Introducing the Light Box
Photo boxes come in various sizes and consist of translucent sides and a backdrop. The backdrop is normally white but can be other colors too. The backdrop curves at the far edge so that there’s a blur between the base and far wall of the tent. This makes the background a seamless transition from top to bottom with no hard edges. A very desirable feature when shooting still images.
The translucent sides allow spots or flash flash units to be placed either side of the object. The allows a defused light to be used in lighting your objects, rmemoving any hard shadows in the process.
With the three sides surrounding your object you’ll also remove the vast majority of reflections as well. So your “starting point” photo becomes a clean, crisp image that could be used immediately.
For very shiny objects, it’s not possible to remove all reflections, there will be you and your equipment picks up on the photo. You’ll need a Photoshop type piece of software to correct this. And Photoshop combined with a range of add-ons that can automate a lot of the effort.
But the important point is too have a really to quality image as your starting point. Try this site if your interested in buying one best selling light tent on the market