I have been helping a friend do some product shots of clothing. She makes kids clothes, so they aren't huge, but still too big for a small tent.
We are putting the photos on the website, so we want the background perfectly white. The only way we have been able to achieve this is by deleting the background in photoshop. This is OK, but takes time. I have created a photoshop action which gets most of the way there, and only requires a little bit of tweaking.
What we have done to this point is use a contrasting background (so, if we are photographing a pink dress, we might use a green background) to make it easier to be removed in photoshop. We found that using a white background made it difficult to remove in photoshop. We have two studio flashes (very old, and without many settings, but they work OK). One is 45 degrees left, and the other is 45 degrees right. They are both at the same height, and with reflective umbrellas.
Are there any suggestions as to what we could improve? The major challenge is shadowing - it is difficult to remove in photoshop, and always seems to keep a touch of the background colour.
Should we invest in a tent? As we aren't doing jewellery photos, I don't think it will help much. But will it get rid of the shadow? Would softboxes work better...?
Any tips, tricks or thoughts would be a great idea.