With their various materials, textures, and forms, shoes make for very interesting products to photograph. And, with the right lighting, you can make virtually anything look cool – as this class proves.
Karl nailed this his motorbike footwear photoshoot in just a few hours. You’ll be able to easily recreate the setup yourself as he walks you through it stop by step.
To create this dramatic product image, Karl starts by fixing the subject in position before gradually crafting his five-light setup. Small pockets of light are key to the feel of the image: you’ll see the modifiers Karl uses to achieve this, as well as how he uses reflectors and flags to further control the light.
In this class:
- How to photograph black products on a black background
- How to identify important features of products
- Lighting techniques to enhance shape and form
- How to create a dramatic mood using patches of light
- Using mirrors and flags to control light and reduce flare
To learn about the post-production process for this shot, take a look at the accompanying retouching footwear class.
For more techniques on how to photograph footwear, we also have a replay of a live shoe photography workshop.
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