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Photographing textiles, whether a shirt or a handmade quilt, requires careful styling and lighting to accurately show the texture of the fabric and the way it folds and drapes—and to make it look as beautiful as possible.
In this course, commercial photographer Konrad Eek explores the creative and technical decisions involved in photographing textiles. After introducing basics, such as ironing and folding, the course explores a variety of shooting scenarios, including photographing a garment on a slant board or against a wall, a blanket draped on a chair, and a stack of clothing. Konrad demonstrates basic lighting techniques as well as more advanced ones, such as using a cookie (also called a gobo or cuculoris) to cast dramatic shadows. The course concludes with a brief overview of the Adobe Photoshop post-processing often involved in textile photography.
Hello, I'm Konrad Eek and I've been working as a commercial photographer, specializing in product photography for over 20 years. What I'd like to share with you in this course are techniques for photographing textiles and clothing. We'll start off simple. With a slantboard shot of a sweater, exploring the styling techniques, and lighting with two-point studio lighting, which will give us an opportunity to discuss ratioing strobes for proper exposure balance, and also to expose the texture of the garment we're working on.
From there we'll move on to styling a shirt on a posable foam mannequin, and then lighting it using your dedicated camera strobe to get a well balanced photograph that show sort of human motion in this shirt on the posable mannequin. After that, we'll try tungsten light on a shaneel throw that we'll style on a chair in a room, sort of creating an environmental portrait of the textile. After that, we'll take a stack of beach towels, telling a color story. And we'll go outdoors and shoot in direct sun, exploring how this bright rays of the sun really help define the texture of the fabric.
After that, we'll do another color story using a fan of blouses. And we'll shoot that in open shade, a very easy lighting method to approach. It's important to realize that product photography has many specific areas of expertise. And in this course, I hope to share with you the tools you'll need, to master photography of textiles and clothing.
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