Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video An interview with Jim Sugar, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Product Shots.
Photography was something that from an early age it felt right to me, and more…importantly it made me happy.…And one of the very, very earliest pictures that I shot got published in the New…York Times Sunday Book Review, and the Times paid me the princely sum of $25,…which at that time was a fortune and that was a great experience.…And I also had a chance to photograph William Manchester, who at that time was…writing Death of a President about John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated…about two years earlier, and those pictures got published.…
So I learned very early on, A, that I was good at photography and I shot nice…pictures and that there was a market to do the kind of work that I did.…Even though I was living in a relatively small place like Middletown, but it was…halfway between Boston and New York.…And so I made a lot of weekend trips back and forth between Boston and New York.…Fairly early on during a geographic story I had a chance to meet the man who I…consider to be the smartest human being I've ever met, the absolutely great…
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