Ready to rock? Turn your product photography skills up to 11 with this step-by-step tutorial.
Black-on-black product photography is already tricky. Throw in a variety of textures and shapes, and things become even more complex. In this class, you’ll learn how to overcome the many challenges of photographing a glossy black product against a black background.
You’ll discover how to use a tilt-shift adapter to achieve sufficient depth of field, how to create gradient lighting to highlight the shape of the guitar, and how to control precise patches of light to accentuate key areas of the instrument.
By the end of the class, you’ll feel equipped and inspired to try your own black-on-black photography.
In this class:
- How to photograph black-on-black product shots
- Lighting techniques for photographing gloss surfaces
- How to light products with mixed surface textures and shapes
- Using wide-angle lenses for product photography
- Using tilt-shift lenses for product photography
- Creating & controlling gradient lighting
If you enjoy this class, check out Gradient Lighting for Product Photography.
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A highly complex shape to shoot, this electric guitar presented a number of challenges when it came to getting the light in the right position.
Working with the product set against a black background, the first stage of the lighting was to create a gradient lighting. This I did using a scrim, testing the positioning of my lights to see where worked best. I then worked to introduce patches of light to highlight details like the pickup switch, tone and volume dials, and tuners.
Using a combination of lights, I also used mirrors to bring light to areas along the side of the guitar. This reflected the gradient light and helped separate the guitar from the black background.
As you’ll see in the video, the final image was captured largely in one shot, with separate images shot for lighting down the right-side of the guitar and on the tone and volume dials.