Here are some notes.
- Carefully set up the tabletop so that the immediate background is perfect white.
- Fine tune the lighting to work for light and dark subjects.
- Configure the camera and laptop as a tethered shoot, with a cropped image area to get good speed performance, in RAW.
- Shoot each house individually from a common spot on the table.
- Use batching to crop, curve adjust, saturation, etc. and export to jpg.
- Open as layers in photoshop/gimp.
- Use the magic wand and free select tool, set to the same feather setting (4px), to remove the backgrounds.
- Play around with copies of the file.
In essence this was a highly systematized shoot as would normally be applicable catalog products, but applied to fine art ceramics. There are several advantages to doing it this way.
- You can rearrange the subjects any way you like later.
- You can create large crisp high resolution composites, with pixel resolutions that exceed normal photography (100MP plus, compared to 40MP of a normal shot).
- All items just happen to be catalog ready or can be curated into styles and favorites, as creative ideas are identified down the track.
Also, here is a link the a previous installment of this project, http://www.notnewman.com/2014/05/little-houses.html