First, Turntable Photography is the process of placing an object on a turntable and turning the turntable as one or more cameras captures the object from multiple points of view. This kind of Product Photography generates a multitude of images that need to be stitched together into a fluid 360 view. Our focus here is the capturing and not the stitching and playback of the captured images.
Second, macro Product Photography using Turntable Photography is the process of capturing objects from a macro perspective. This usually involves larger and heavier objects that can range in size from a few inches to several meters and in weight, from several pounds to several hundred kilograms. For this type of Product Photography the following issues should be considered:
Using a turntable that supports the required size and weight.
For very large objects, such as furniture or cars, table whip-lash may be a concern when attempting to do turn-shoot-turn Turntable Photography. For heavy objects, an alternative consideration may be to slow down the turntable rotation, when doing the Product Photography, instead of making a full turntable stop.
The camera’s depth of field may come into play when shooting a long object, such as a car. For these cases, consider using a larger aperture number and moving the camera back, further from the object, to increase the depth of field.
Third, micro Product Photography using Turntable Photography is the process of capturing objects from a micro perspective. This usually involves smaller and lighter objects that can range in size from a few millimeters to a few centimeters and in weight, from several grams to less than 1 kilogram. Jewelry Photography is a good example. For Jewelry Photography the following issues should be considered:
Using a turntable t hat has super smooth rotation and minimizes vibrations. Vibration-free can be a challenge for stepper motor designs, which are the majority of turntable designs. For Jewelry Photography consider turntables that have high torque ratios.
For small objects, such as diamonds, propping up the object can be a challenge. Consider using a vacuum design turntable, to press the object against the table or using jewelry wax.
The camera’s depth of field comes into play when doing Jewelry Photography as micro-lenses tend to have a very short depth of field. Consider using a larger aperture number and moving the camera back, further from the object. If the camera or software supports it, consider using focus stacking.
In conclusion, this article provided several suggestions for improving Product Photography when doing macro Turntable Photography and micro Jewelry Photography.
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