Cosmetic products come in all shapes, sizes, and textures, so every shoot requires originality and creativity. In this class, Karl experiments with a variety of lighting setups to produce an eye-catching, colourful, graphic arrangement of three Elemis face-care products.
Commercial clients often underestimate the difficulties of shooting variously textured products. In this case, with the glass Elemis pots catching the light very differently than the highly reflective chrome lids, Karl goes through an extensive trial-and-error process in pursuit of the best dual lighting approach.
First, he tries a number of different key lights to generate the bright sunlight effect. He then reduces shadow density using global fill lighting.
Next, he experiments with different light sources and modifiers – plus some DIY accessories – to apply gradient lighting to the chrome lids.
To solve all of the problems the shoot serves up and help produce the stunning final image, the whole team gets involved. A light gets smashed along the way, but it’s all part of the process!
In this class, you’ll cover how to light mixed surfaces, balance multiple lights, and create interesting compositions using techniques such as depth, colour, light and shadow.
To find out how Karl brought all of this work together in post-production, check out the Photoshop class.
In this class:
- Styling cosmetic products for photography
- Lighting setups for cosmetics photography
- How to use multiple studio lights
- How to apply dual lighting effects
- How to create gradient lighting
- Using fill light to balance shadows
- How to use a scrim
- How to use a tilt-shift lens adapter
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