Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting the stage, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Product Shots.
So we're here in the studio and our task is to shoot a really wonderful product…shot of this beautiful new trek bicycle.…And we're working in a cove, a really fantastic space that has a freshly painted…white floor and we're going to take advantage of all the things that we can use…today to make a great photograph of this bike.…We want the photograph not only to be a really nice stand-alone image, but we…also want to be able to remove the background using Adobe Photoshop and create…what's called a knockout …so that we can take this picture and create a mask of the bicycle and then put…that into another background. But the first task is to make as good a picture of…this bike showing all the details, all the features, all the shapes, all the…relative sizes as we possibly can.…
So the first step was to take the bicycle and to hang it from the series of…Matthew's arms and suspend the bike from these booms using fishing line.…Monofilament line, which is what this is.…And we've already got this in place. Plus, we've prepped the bike.…
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