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To compose photographs packshot small products (product photo studio) a bottom and lighting quality are required, primarily to avoid thinking surrounding objects on metal surfaces.

To achieve these pictures yourself with the means at hand, I found a very useful information on the net fuel container! So basically just a can of slightly translucent white gasoline (most are) and to a higher cutting the size of your goal.

Placing the container in a fairly strong light source, remote flash, desk lamp, window, which gives a comprehensive and scattered light.

Its object is placed in the can we spend our objective in the hole, the bottom of the tank in form reproduced infinite.

Given the narrowness of the work this type of photo area is reserved for a small objects and goals which focus area is very short, so generally macro lenses.

For example photos I use a Tamron 90mm macro or classic with a 50 mm extension tube that allows me to reduce the development area and that gives me a 1/1 ratio.

One can of course find cans of larger to increase the working area, it will therefore increase the light on.

Here are some photos taken in the "lightbox", these photos are only present to show the type of light produced by this system, I would take more time to make some more thoughtful pictures when I have a little time at my disposal. The photos were processed under the great free RawShooter allowing to "develop" his raw files desaturation was applied to the pictures.

Photos taken with "lightbox" packshot Photos of "lightbox" packshot

50 Responses to "Packshot small objects"

  1. sebastien Says:

    Super photos. But if one has a compact that does not runs the raw format, how can we do?
    Thank you

  2. Ben Says:

    The raw is not mandatory, it simply provides a dynamic meillieure has the image, a photoshop levels shot will do just as well ;)

  3. sebastien Says:

    thank you :)
    one last thing: what were the settings of your device? (Iso etc.)

  4. Ben Says:

    Are present in the EXIF ​​photo :)

  5. Mittet Jean-Baptiste Says:

    If I may ...
    I regret to tell you that this is not the packshot that ...
    The packshot is to be descriptive and not have shadows or blur ...
    Bye ...

  6. Ben Says:

    JB thank you for this good point, anyway the goal here was to show a simple and inexpensive way to take pictures of small objects.

    If I had a little closed my diaph and added a source in the box I entered your definition ;)

  7. Mittet Jean-Baptiste Says:

    Actually ...
    Anyway ... I find it pretty. :)

  8. Pierre-Henri Says:

    Hello, frankly this page and a few others, I remain "stuck" by the technique, tips and humility that emerges from all this. Hats off! Congratulations.

  9. Pierre-Henri Says:

    ... Especially by the advice of the "concert". I'll put it to good use.

  10. Mathieu M Says:

    Thank you to share your techniques is really nice.

    Your photos of examples shows that many things are possible with this method. I'll try dice as possible.

    Good luck!

  11. Pierre G. Says:

    Very good idea to introduce this system, it can hardly be less efficient and the price is unbeatable, and then I like the site in general.
    Come on, a good day and more photos.

  12. Rick Says:

    Personally, I find the idea of ​​a lighter in a can of gasoline is the bomb !!! ;)
    Thank you for sharing these tips.

  13. jerome Says:


    I was wondering if you used it as your can of gasoline / light box for your portraits? And if for your portraits still (I think it's your best shots) you were using a flash or continuous light?

    Congratulations anyway.

  14. Ben Says:

    Hi jérome, people I work with are usually quite large and has difficulty returning to my can of gasoline ;)

    For often portraits of natural light, and sometimes flash :)

  15. Faustine Says:

    Hi Ben,

    And if we can not how one can have a result close to yours? In my case and I bcp wrong succeed them, I use a white background overexposed, but I feel it makes me lose my subject matter.

  16. Benjamin Says:

    say that here the interest is based on the use of this bottle, there are solution based light tents, the principle is always the same; infinitely for the background and a maximum of diffusing material :)

  17. ia web Says:

    Why did not you put that black and white? and not colored object ... I can be the answer. but I expect to see

  18. Benjamin Says:

    Simply because the images were not quite "clean" to be offered, say that the goal was simply to show a well diffused light, when I have some time I would do something more built ;) The objects were also very few colored black and white metal

  19. Damascus Says:

    Benjamin thank you for your articles that are both highly technical and very affordable for the Neophyte.
    I was inspired by your drum and from a translucent plastic type curver (I have not found a can), I was already getting very good results. A small request, could you complete the section by the shema positionnatn / light sources in order to understand how you build your light? I'm sure it would help me a lot and I can not get hold of such an article ...

  20. IMO Says:


    Thank you for the tip !!! Except that I have a little problem ... I can not find tin: / or has found you?

  21. Samuel MARTIN Says:

    Thank you for the technique. I try as soon as I have time.

  22. jerometahiti Says:

    Hi and thank you for the advice. : Smile:

    Question: How do you use extension ring with your D50?


  23. Lorette Samuel Says:


    I would be very interested to be able to do this kind of picture. I have trouble seeing the size of the container you used. Do not you have a picture of it in action?

    Anyway cheers for the site, great photos, great technical part, bravo!

  24. Benjamin | photob Says:

    Hello Samuel, the container size should allow to come home to an object : Lol:

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  26. Bullette Says:


    you say above that the raw is not mandatory and merely provides a better dynamic and Photoshop will do the rest.
    I'm not too agree except the "the raw is not mandatory."
    The raw is an uncompressed file, more clearly, the file can then be reworked into a log done without altered the image.


  27. Olouf Says:

    Hello, I ask the question that seems unanswered = D
    But it can, the famous, or it comes from? I toured the chip shops, they have only 5L or 10L, it's still small, I have also tried to a garage, but the state of the container leaves to be desired on the "white" : Mrgreen:

    If you can give a track : Razz:
    Thank you and congratulations for your work

  28. Benjamin | photob Says:

    Good evening, I found mine in a DIY store : Smile:

  29. Jerome Gallecier Says:

    I use a washer fluid bidonn and it fits the bill.


    : Lol:

  30. Chris Says:

    See in pharmacies, some still have to alcoll 25 l canisters, it's clean

  31. Olouf Says:

    Ah yes no fool!
    I had to see the restaurants, the idea unclog an oil can or feel curd is bleak : Grin:
    For those who are lucky to have a beautiful wine region in general all products are in these cans and large capacity : Smile:

  32. Olive Says:

    Excellent tip! he was thinking ... :) thank you for this light! ;)

  33. Joel Says:

    See oil drums for domestic heating (in all free services or DIY store)

  34. Denis Says:

    No way to find what can !! I'm looking for weeks.
    Help !!

  35. Marie Says:


    I have a small can of 5L, that's done :)
    But my problem is that I have a canon 17-55mm from home, and I have to be at least 28cm of oject for the development work. How can I get without buying a new goal?
    Thank you

  36. Benjamin | photob Says:


    An extension tube allows you to have a tune closer focus :)

  37. Marie Says:


    How do I know the brand model and price of this extension ring? Because I do not really know anything : Oops:

    Thank you.

  38. Alexis Says:

    Kenko look toward offering a tube set (12/20 / 36mm), which have a very good price / quality ratio (and maintain automation)

  39. Marie Says:

    Ok, thank you.
    Another question: With that, I can take pictures in the can? It makes me a tune to how many centimeters? Thank you.

  40. Denis Says:

    Tin lode:
    I found mine in the wash because total floor Waterloo in Uccle (near the Avenue de Fre)
    cans are used for wheels produced and the person in charge - that accumulated tins - nothing better than to see from one or two!
    So if you are looking desperately like me, go there!

  41. Flav Says:

    I wanted to thank you for your technical translucent bottle, I was able to achieve a great quality knives shots were great and the customer satisfied. It does not replace course studio equipment, but at the reflections that's fine. There are pro chiffon tent systems for large formats but I really want to try with PVC tank of 1000 liters and three torches (2 side and top).
    If I can do you a favor and give you a tutorial on a subject, it will be with pleasure.


  42. Sandrine Says:


    For cans, there is way to find a fuel pump, new. Me this is where I go.

    Thank you for the tutorial : Smile:

  43. vimagini Says:

    Super idea of ​​the can and definitely cheaper than a studio picture! I just have a quick question, I am designer silver jewelry and I find that black money far better make ... is that the quality will be good if I add tjs a black background that can only keeping the sides Side and top white original ???
    I just bought an Olympus E420 digital SLR, do you pouriez also advise me on the choice of settings for jewelry pictures, I have a 25mm optical and ???
    Thank you and good end of year party at all.

  44. Fabien Says:

    Great idea! :): Mrgreen:

  45. kay Says:


    What about Halide lamps or metal halide lamps French?



    It's less heat than halogen lighting provided and light to the natural air, and as it is cheaper than the photographers lamps, it's tempting, but I await your advice.

    Thank you for your help!

  46. Caromeli Says:

    Hi Ben!
    Can I advise you the large format as tracing paper to make the box, but maybe you know the trick already.
    It's cheap and it allows you to take pictures with larger objects. I've made with 3 pots and lids, it works well.
    External flash mounted on the camera and lamp type "halogen" outside. Not the top as a lamp but the result was not bad!
    Thank you anyway for all your advice, it will serve me!
    : Mrgreen:
    @ More

  47. Lisa Says:

    I wanted to know how many liters is used the can?
    Thank you :)

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  49. Fabjoueauxlego Says:

    I, who was looking for a way to take pictures of LEGO! Thank you for this very very very helpful and informative page

  50. Marie Says:

    Thank you for the tip, I'll try that now.

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