Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video The shoot, part 1, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Product Shots.
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So we have the camera, into a USB cable, into a MacBook Pro, and we are going to…shoot our first picture, and we are going to see how good we were in terms of…putting these lights in place.…So the amazing thing about the software with Lightroom3, with this new…feature Tethered mode:…I go File>Tethered Capture, and so I am now in Tethered Capture. And the…camera, and the computer talk to each other, and the computer sees the fact…that it's a Nikon D3S.…And all I have to do is press this single button and it fires the camera. And the…camera in turns fires all the strobes. And the only wire in the whole process is…this little wire here that connects the camera to the computer.…
So I now get a chance to see this image, and my first reaction of looking at the…image is that number one, it's a pretty good start, it's not bad at all.…The background is evenly lit, and the bike looks pretty good, but the ratio…between the exposure on the bike and the exposure on the background is wrong.…The bike is too dark and too gray, and the background isn't bright enough.…
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