Shooting items on a white background is a commonly used technique for product shots. However, it gets tricky when you need to photograph a white product on white background. In this situation, you can have a problem exposing for one or the other. Photographer David Patino from PDN Video shows you the lighting setup you can use to take professional shots of white products on white background.
Photography Dustin Dolby has been putting a lot of effort into his short series on photographing wine and wine bottles. Part 1 introduced us to the basic principles shooting such a subject with minimal kit and getting good reflections. Part 2 focuses on getting a richer, more bold, hero-like shot. A look that’s become very popular recently. In this third part, we see the moodier side of photographing a wine bottle.
Using a strip softbox as his background, Dustin shows how we can photograph wine bottles for easy cut out selection. The principle, though, should work well for anything you wish to cut from its background. Sometimes it’s easier to get things perfect in-camera. But at other times, you or your client may need that option to put an object on a different background.
Photographer Dustin Dolby is known for his tutorials where he shows how to take professional-looking product shots with minimal gear. He guided us through taking fantastic cosmetic products shots, and photos of wine bottles that make you want to drink a glass of it (or the whole bottle). This time, he guides us through another way of photographing wine. Instead of giving it bright and soft look, he goes for something darker and bold. Personally, I prefer this style, and it’s the kind of look that would go perfectly with strong-tasting red wines. This kind of photo almost makes you feel the taste of wine – and it’s created using only one speedlight and 4 photos blended together with some Photoshop magic.
If you’re looking to get into product photography, one of the things you’ll probably need to learn how to shoot is a bottle. Whether you’re photographing drinks products or not, glass is a subject you need to know how to work with. What better way to learn than with a bottle of wine? After all, when you finally get it right you can pour yourself a celebratory glass (assuming you’re of legal age).
In this video from photographer Dustin Dolby, we see how we can get great looking wine bottle shots with very little gear. All you need are some speedlight, your kit lens, diffusers, reflectors and a little bit of compositing. And it can give you some very impressive results.
Even if you don’t photograph products regularly, they’re great test subjects to learn lighting. You get to play around, experiment, and explore how light interacts with different surfaces. And you get to do it in a very controlled way. But high end cosmetics typically have a certain look to them that can be difficult to achieve with modest equipment at home.
Canadian photographer, and pretty good keyboard player, Dustin Dolby is here to help. In this video he shows us his workflow to photograph cosmetic products. And he does it with very inexpensive equipment, too. Just a piece of plexiglass, some foamcore, a speedlights or two, and a couple of cheap softboxes is all you need.
As the digital marketplace grows, the demand for good content and eye-catching media increases with it. More and more brands and entrepreneurs are taking the photography in-house to keep up with demand, while keeping production costs down. So, as a product photographer recognizing the need for assistance, I wanted to take the time to share 5 key thoughts and tips that could be useful.
Product photography requires you to really make the subject really pop. You want to make the customer buy a certain product, and for this, you need a perfect photo. You may need that super-expensive gear and a studio are a must to create appealing product photos. But, photographer Tom Watts shows you a simple product photography setup you can easily make and use at home. It doesn’t take too much space and it’s very subject to DIY solutions.
If you make a lot of product shots, especially with small items, I’ve found a wonderful DIY build for you. It’s a turntable you can make yourself, it requires no motor and it’s super-cheap. You’ll spend around $20 and a couple of minutes to make it, and get great results.
Motorized turntables for product photography are not that expensive (around $100). But if you can make your own for 5 times less money and in just a few minutes – why wouldn’t you? Jordan Carrasquillo of New Amsterdam Photo Video shows you how to build this great solution for 360 product videos and photos, along with some shooting and editing tips.
We’re in a world where robots seem to be taking over many of our jobs. I’m not saying whether this is a good or bad thing, it’s just reality. But this one I find to be a little bit strange. Especially when delays on professional photography shoots are usually not down to the photographer this system attempts to replace.
Regardless, in an attempt to apparently try and keep something as efficient as it already is, StyleShoots have launched Live. A robotic photo studio that, in theory, eliminates the need for a photographer or any other crew. Combining depth sensors, lighting rigs, a Canon 1DX Mark II (with a cheap 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens), and some nifty software on the iPad, all you need is a model and stylist.
Light tents can be a wonderful thing. They’re certainly not going to get your best product photos, but they’re a great way to photograph a lot of things quickly. Once they’re set up, you just keep swapping items out as you shoot. Light tents aren’t always that expensive, either. You can pick them up online fairly inexpensively. But then you have to wait for them to show up.
So, what can you do to get shooting right now? Well, you can make your own. Like photographer Doug McKinlay does in this video. It’ll cost you virtually nothing to make, as you’ll probably have most of the required items in your home already. And, best of all, you won’t need to wait for the delivery guy.