I’ve been experimenting with a technique called “isolation on white.” The idea is that you place the item against a completely white backdrop and overexpose the photo such that the background appears non-existent. It’s a technique commonly used for commercial and stock photography that can be readily achieved using exposure compensation, slowing the shutter and/or cranking the ISO.
So in the spirit of Christmas, I thought it’d be fun to try this technique with the wooden toys I was making earlier this year.
It’s entirely possible the professionals have a different setup, but in my case, I created a makeshift “isolation box” with (used) printer paper taped together and the fluorescent light from my workshop to provide an evenly-distributed light source. The EXIF data on the photos below are still intact for your own perusal, but for the most part, my settings were:
- Aperture: f/1.8 (BLURRYBACK!!)
- Shutter: 1/50s
- ISO: 200
- Focal: 50mm (NEW LENS!!!)
- WB: Fluorescent (about 3900K)