In this class Karl takes a completely different direction to the other classes in this sports equipment section as he photographs an antique leather saddle using a more moody style, celebrating the subject as a piece of art.
To start, Karl explains his idea and concept of the shoot, covering the composition, background choice and mood of the shot.
You’ll then see as Karl gradually builds up the lighting. Starting with two backlights, he gradually adds multiple small pockets of light, explaining how to control shadows, enhance shape and control light using techniques such as flagging.
To conclude the class Karl demonstrates two alternative lighting methods for those who have minimal equipment. For the first alternative he demonstrates how, using just three lights, it’s possible to arrive at a similar result by using multiple flash bursts. Finally, he shows how to light products by light painting using just a single continuous light.
- Lighting techniques for product photography
- Conceptualising ideas for product photography
- Fresnel lighting & how it works
- Backlighting for product photography
- Creating small, controlled pockets of light
- How to enhance shape & texture
- Techniques for controlling light
If you enjoyed this class, other related tutorials you may find useful include:
- Cycling Photography: Specialized Racing Bike Shoot
- Studio Motorcycle Photography
- A guide to lighting emotion
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.
Alternative lighting techniques for product photography
When it comes to lighting products, there’s little doubt that using studio flash offers the most control. However, using individual studio lights can often be quite ‘equipment heavy, and not everyone has five, six or even seven lights to light a single product.
One alternative to this, as you’ll see demonstrated in this class, is to use multiple flash bursts during a long exposure, thereby creating multiple patches of light with just a few lights.
Or, if you only have a single light you can use the technique of light painting. In this class, you’ll see we used a continuous LED to light paint the saddle, but a similar result could be achieved using the modelling lamp of a studio flash light (providing you adjusted the colour temperature accordingly).
Neither of these techniques will give you the same level of precision or control as using studio flash will, but they are a useful alternative if you need to make the equipment you do have work for you.