Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video Tips to remember for product shots, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Product Shots.
So we made a great product shot of a bicycle.…Now you may never have to photograph a brand new bike, but there are…certain techniques that apply no matter what kind of product you are…shooting using Wireless Flash.…Here are some tips to keep in mind.…First tip: do your homework. Browse some magazines, catalogues, the web, and…look at photos of other similar products.…Study how other photographers approached the task. How do they position the…product? How did they light it?…Try to reverse engineer the shots.…
Your goal is not to copy another photographer's style, but to get a feeling for…how other photographers have approached similar jobs.…Next tip: plan your shot.…Choose a lens and a camera position that accommodates the product you're…shooting, and the space where you're shooting it.…The size of your working space, and the size of the product, will determine the…focal length of the lens you can use.…For large items like a bicycle, you'll need to make sure that your working…space is large enough that you can shoot the product without having to use a…
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