Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video The shoot, part 2, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Product Shots.
I have only short three exposures so far, but each exposure is better than…the preceding photo.…But I want to try it one more time just to see if I can make it better one more…time yet, and I think I can.…And the advantage is, I still have one more strobe left.…So now what I would like to do, is to take this strobe, and put it on the floor,…take the one in dead center that's lined up with the center of the bicycle on the…foreground, and move it over, and have two parallel strobes on either side,…firing into the four, And seeing what I can do, by adding a single light.…
And I think by adding a single light, I can take the photograph and make it…better still one more time.…And by better, I mean brighter, more accurate in terms of color, and just a…better representation of the product.…So let's just try that.…So I have one last SP800, because we only have five strobes at our disposal.…And again it's attached to this Justin clamp.…So all four of the strobes on the floor are working on Justin clamps, and I…
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