Product photography is a great way to start learning about lighting modifiers and how they interact with your subject and scene. This lets you have the ability to be creative and know how to use modifiers during a shoot. In this video, author Robert Vanelli demonstrates how to use a lighting umbrella to bounce light onto a subject.
- Now, product photography is a great way…to start out learning about light modifiers…and what lighting does to a subject.…If you use an actual model or a subject,…you have a tendency of feeling a little bit nervous…or you feel like their getting bored…as you're trying to experiment on some of your techniques,…so it's great to set something up like this…and then start to experiment.…The first thing we're going to do is,…we're going to try to photograph this…without any light modifier whatsoever…so you can see the difference…and what the modifiers can actually do.…
Now, I'm going to turn my light source onto the products,…I'll lock it down.…I'm going to take a quite reading…to see what my camera settings should be.…Now that I have my reading set,…I'm going to dial that into the camera…and we'll start shooting.…I'm going to use a trigger to keep the camera steady…so there's no camera shake.…Now I'm going to slowly hold it down so it focuses,…once it's focused, I'll trigger it…and we took the shot.…This is a nice shot, the only problem is,…
- What is a lighting modifier?
- Technical and artistic benefits of lighting modifiers
- Using an umbrella to bounce light
- Lighting portraits with an umbrella
- Lighting a portrait with a softbox
- Shooting with a beauty dish
- Softening light with diffusers
- Adjusting color temperature using gels
- Lighting a portrait with a speedlight