The larger the light source, the softer your light. An easy way to make your light source HUGE is to bounce it off a wall. What else can you bounce light off of to make your set look a lot better?
- No matter what you're shooting,…or how you're lighting it,…chances are you're going to end up…with shadows in places where you don't want them.…And so the solution to that…is to bounce some light…back into the shadows to fill them up.…Now, what you use to bounce light into those shadows…just depends on what you're shooting,…and of course what tools you have available.…Take, for example, these 5-in-1 reflectors here.…These have a variety of different reflective surfaces.…For example, this is white on one side,…this one's silver on this side.…Usually these will have gold on one side as well,…which is really, really warming…and bounces a lot of very warm light…into your subject.…
And if that's a bit too much warming,…then you might want to consider something like this.…A silver and gold blend…that gives you a little bit of that warming effect,…but not quite as much.…Now if you're lighting some smaller subjects,…you may want to have little, tiny bounce cards…that will bounce light into those little, tiny shadows.…
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