Hi everyone. I'm brand new to the forums, and fairly new to photography as a whole. My primary use is for business to capture attractive product images. Our company markets a line of stained glass products, because of the soldered edges, they've proven very difficult to photograph in the past because of their reflective edges.
Ultimately, I would love to extract the product from a background, so I could place it on different colors, however, I've never been able to successfully do it because of the reflective edges. Whatever background I use, blends into the solder edges of the pieces.
So I'm trying to take the pictures on a white background. My issue is I need to get the background completely white, and when I try to do it in post production, I tend to overexpose the product. I'm sure I can do it with masking, but with 500 products, that's something I'd like to avoid.
This is one of my attempts. I'm using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. My focal length for the picture is 95mm. My camera settings are f/11, 1/40 ISO 400. I'm using an Ortery Photosimile 200 lightbox, and the product is in a 4" clear acrylic stand to eliminate any shadows, and also allow light to come through the stained glass.
This is when I bring it into photoshop and set the white point with levels to an area of the background.
My goals are to have a very sharp image of the product, and a completely white background. Ultimately, I would love to be able to extract the product, but I need it to be a relatively pain free process due the number of products needed to photograph.
Please excuse any of this that I wasn't able to describe effectively. As I mentioned before, I'm very new to photography. I understand the basics, but still working on the finer aspects of the art.
Thank you for your time.