Photographing reflective products can be difficult enough, but what about when there are three of those products, all with curved lines and unusual shapes to deal with?
Part of our series on how to photograph sports equipment, this class focuses on how to photograph mixed-surface texture products with complex shapes. Throughout the step-by-step shoot you’ll see how Karl overcomes these challenges as he shoots a trio of golf clubs.
As Karl works through the shoot you’ll see how he finalises his composition, lights the metallic surfaces of the clubs, uses reflectors and flags to enhance and control the lighting, and uses focus stacking to overcome depth of field issues.
- Photographing reflective products
- Techniques for photographing multiple products together
- Using reflectors for additional lighting
- Gradient lighting for product photography
- Focus stacking for greater depth of field
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The value of mirrors when photographing products
As a commercial photographer, I often use mirrors when shooting products, and there are a few good reasons for this.
As you’ll see in the full class, a big part of this golf clubs shoot included using mirrors to reflect the overhead lighting.
Not only did these allow me to replicate the beautiful gradient lighting from above, but it also saved me having to use additional lights. This shoot ended up using four fixed lights (plus an extra light for the final club), but without the mirrors, this had the potential to be much more.
A further benefit of using mirrors is their size and manoeuvrability. Attached to bendy arms like the ones we use in the studio, it’s possible to get mirrors in all sorts of tight places where lights wouldn’t necessarily fit.
Overall this was a fairly complex shoot and it was necessary to focus on lighting and shooting each golf club separately, but in the end the final result turned out really well.