Don’t forget the background! Adding light (and shadows) to your background can be just as important as adding lights to your subject.
- Often when shooting a product,…you want to make the background pure white.…You might be wanting to blend that into a wepage,…or put copy on it, or for any number of reasons,…you want your background perfectly white.…And that sounds easy enough to do,…but if you're not careful, that white background…can actually bleed into your subject.…So there's a few precautions you want to take.…Let's start with the setup that I have here.…I have a beautiful guitar that…I'm going to take a picture of,…and at the moment, I'm lighting that guitar…with this Westcott Stripbank,…you can see this big light here,…got a pro photo in there that's going to illuminate that.…
I also have a little reflector here that is…bouncing some light onto the frets,…just to kind of add a little bit of lighting to there.…I have a second light on the background,…but that is not currently turned on.…From here I can actually control…which lights are going to fire.…So I'm going to take a picture with just the strip light on,…so we can see how it looks…
Need a refresher on the basics? Check out Joseph's Photography 101 series.
- Shooting with a smartphone or full-size camera
- Creating a softbox setup for shooting small products
- Shooting against a white seamless background
- Lighting for product photography
- Shooting accurate color
- Retouching product photography in post