For those who don't know, I'm a freelance photographer. And I don't mean that I'm a bored housewife who takes a photo of a lawnchair, throws a sepia filter on it and calls herself an artist and photographer. I'm totally legit in that I get paid to take photos. I've sold some art photos and I have a semi-regular gig doing product photos for a local clothing designer. Product photos are mostly technical and very little art. Now, originally, I'd get a call or email every few months and I'd take photos of three or four shoes. And a few times, I took photos of a few totally wonderful leather jackets. One thing- the shoes are hard to photograph because this designer uses amazing leather that is so soft and beautiful that it doesn't stand up on its own. And the jackets? Oh, my... if I could just wrap up in one forever, I'd be happy, they're that soft.
But I digress...
A couple weeks ago, the call came in for me to drive to Rockford and take photos of "some shoes". That turned out to be 11 products. Six photos per product. This is my usual set up, my makeshift "light box". A roll of "bright white" artist paper, a couple of lights and a table. When I was shooting just a few sandals of darker colors, it was fine. But this last shoot involved not just brown and black, but blue, gold, and several different white sandals.
With all the varying colors, the background changed shades from whitest-white to dark grey. So, I invested in a light tent (just like a "real" photographer would use!). This with three lights should work great...
One light on each side, one over the top, and you get a stark white background and very little Photoshopping is needed.
So, I still had a little bit of an issue with shadows on the bottom, which is no biggie, really... but I decided to see if I could get that floating white background without having to Photoshop (that's referred to as: "in camera"). I found a link that tells how to do it easily with what I've got already (the light tent is a plus) and a sheet of Plexiglas. Now, the person who wrote the blog kept referring to it as "Plexiglas" and "bendable Plexiglas". So, I was wondering if they were thinking of something else and just CALLING it Plexiglas (which is a brand name, like Kleenex and Xerox).
So, I texted the Disabled Guy with: "Is Plexiglas bendy?"
DG: "No. Why?"
Me: "Is there a clear plastic thing that's bendy? Slightly bendy, not fold-in-half bendy. "
DG: "No. What do u need it 4?" (look how good he is with the text speak!)
Me: "I found a way to get the background I need for the product pics & they kept calling it Plexiglass, but it's bendy."
DG: "It does bend."
Me: "You just told me Plexiglas doesn't bend."
DG: "No I didn't."
Me: [forwarded his text back to him with my original question]
DG: "Well, look at that. I guess I did."
Me: "So... can I get this at Home Depot or something?"
DG: "I thought you was asking if I had any. No, I don't. Yes, you can."
So, I need to make a run to Home Depot to get a piece of bendy Plexiglas because apparently, we don't have any at the house.