Cappasity Easy 3D Scan Tutorial: How to Shoot Pendant Lamps

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Aug 10 · 4 min read

Shooting pendant lamps in 3D format can be quite a challenging task, as it requires the lamp to be shown in action, demonstrating the brightness of the light while showcasing the construction of the pendant. With Easy 3D Scan, however, this is easily achievable. The expert team at Cappasity have prepared a full set of detailed instructions on how to get a perfect 3D View of any pendant lamp. Let’s dive right in.

Making a 3D image of a pendant lamp can be quite a tricky task for several reasons. First of all, to create an informative 3D image of a hanging object, it is necessary to showcase the whole construction of it, and for this reason, pendant lamps must be hung in a way that allows the camera to circle around them, or in a way that allows the lamp to rotate freely. Not all studios have the technical opportunity to do so, therefore, there is a need to construct a device to hang and rotate the lamp. Secondly, to demonstrate the pendant lamp in action, it must be plugged in and switched on to showcase how it looks with a light bulb. Thus, there has to be a technical capability for connecting the lamp to a power supply without getting additional cables into the frame. And thirdly, pendant lamps have reflective areas (such as metal bars and class light bulb covers) that may pick up reflections of surrounding objects that will show in the resulting 3D image, which is highly undesirable.

However, shooting pendant lamps in a 3D View format will be easier than ever with the help of a few simple tips from Cappasity. With the help of our guidelines, you will get the perfect 3D View of a pendant lamp in just a few steps.

To make the best 3D image of a pendant lamp, you will need:

  • A 4K camera;
  • 2 studio lights with at least 200W for the background;
  • 2 studio lights with at least 200W for the object;
  • Black flags for lighting correction;
  • A backdrop;
  • A turntable.

To connect the pendant lamp to a power supply, you will need:

  • A light bulb;
  • 2 terminal blocks;
  • A wire with a plug.

To secure the lamp and hang it on a turntable, you will need:

  • 2 clamps;
  • A metal profile;
  • 2 luggage straps.

Table fastening system

To hook the lamp onto a turntable, first set up the table on the stands and crossbars as shown:

Pull the crossbars together with luggage straps to secure the construction and align them with a level to make sure the set-up is positioned strictly horizontally.

Set the metal profile on the turntable with the help of clamps as shown below and hang the lamp onto the hook.

How to avoid overexposed areas on the lampshade

In order to avoid having overexposed areas on the resulting 3D View, the background should be solid white. For lighting correction, use black flags on the sides of the lamp and below it:

It helps to define the edges of the lamp and make them stand out more from the background.

Before:

After:

How to shoot the chandelier with the lamps on

First, connect the wire with the plug to the lamp through terminal blocks:

Secure the wire on the metal profile with paper tape. To make the most informative and visually appealing 3D View, use light bulbs of the lowest possible capacity. Start recording and switch on the turntable. After you’ve stabilized the rotation, insert the plug into the socket and control the wire length to prevent it from getting into the frame.

With these simple tips you will be able to get the perfect 3D View of any pendant lamp of your choice. If you have any questions on how to perfect your 3D Views, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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