Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing the flash for product shots, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Product Shots.
- View Offline
So our first task is to light the background.…We're working in a beautiful new cove with a freshly painted floor, and in an…unusual way, the most difficult task right now is to put the lights in place, so…that we light the background evenly.…And so what I want to do is I've taken these two strobes, and I've attached them…to a Justin clamp, and they should each stand on the floor by themselves.…Because I want to bring the light in from a very low angle, and point it up…slightly, and bring them in from the side in such a way that I've lit the cove evenly.…
And once I've got that in place then I'll pay attention to lighting the bicycle itself.…So the first step is to come over here and if you notice that I've got these…little booties on my feet part of that is because the cove is so freshly painted…that we don't want to put any marks on the floor.…And so we've done it, this is the way that we have chosen to do it.…So I bring this back, and I put it in place, and I aim it at about 45? angle…into the cove. And I can also angle it up just a little bit, but these two…
In this installment, Jim sets up and shoots a product shot. He demonstrates a variety of inexpensive lighting tools—clamps, gels, and other light modifiers—to light a product (in this course, a bicycle) in a way that accurately shows its color and other details. Next, he photographs the product using Adobe Lightroom's tethered shooting mode in order to be able to immediately assess his exposures on the computer screen. The course wraps up with a some tips that apply to product shots of all kinds. With its focus on lighting technique rather than specific strobe models and menu commands, these techniques are applicable to any brand of strobe and camera.
- Topics include:
- Preparing for a shoot
- Positioning the product and wireless strobes
- Using light modifiers, clamps, and other lighting accessories
- Shooting in tethered mode
- Assessing the results
- Tips to remember for product shots