Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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White Balance
This setting is used to match the predominant lighting in the photograph. If there is
an "auto" setting you can try that but you will get more reproducible results if you
use one of the "preset" values (Daylight if you are using daylight; Tungsten if you are
using one or more table lamps to light your product).
This setting is equivalent to "film speed" in film cameras. Use the lowest value
available. This will mean you need a slower shutter speed but as your product is
(probably!) not moving and your camera is on a tripod or other firm support, this
will not be a problem.
Program Settings
If your camera offers a "close-up" or "macro" option try that, though you may need to
move the camera close to the product for it to focus correctly.
Sharp focus is critical in product shots. Take care to focus carefully, and if your
camera has an aperture (f-stop) setting, set it to a high value (e.g. f/8, f/11 or higher)
as most of the depth of the photographs will be in sharp focus.
Remote Control or Delay Timer
Set the camera to use the remote control (if available), or the delay timer to ire the
shutter, so you do not move the camera as you are taking the shot.
In addition to the camera and the settings on it, the environment can make a big
difference to the quality of the photographs.
Do not be tempted to use the camera's own (onboard) lash as it is likely to be far too
powerful at close range and will cast ugly shadows.
Either using daylight by setting the product up near a window or using normal
adjustable table lamps, preferably one either side of the product to reduce shadows
would work. Note that you will need to set the camera's white balance (see above)
depending on the source of light you are using; otherwise the colors of the product
will not be reproduced faithfully.
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