Monday, January 31, 2011

How I Got The Shot #7 - Product Shot - Seiko Watch

Sometimes you have limited equipment to work with.  So what do you do?  You make the best of it and get the shot anyway!  This weeks blog post we will explore a low budget solution to product shots.

Check out the details after the break...
Creative Process:
I did this shoot when I was just starting out.  I needed product shots for my portfolio.  I wanted something clean and classic.

Location:
Studio

Gear:
Nikon D50
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Tripod
DIY Light Tent - Got the plans from HERE
Two adjustable lamps(cheap ones from home improvement stores)
Two daylight rated compact fluorescent bulbs

EXIF Info:
Shot in Aperture Priority at 1/5  - f/10 - ISO 800 @ 38mm
Shot in RAW - converted to JPG in Camera RAW

Lighting Setup:
This took a little experimentation, but if you look at the image, the key light is coming from camera left and the fill light is coming from the right.  I had the continuous lamps shooting through a plain white bed sheet, the one of the left was closer, the one on the right was further away.  The left light was shooting almost straight into the side while the one on the right was a little more to the front.

I got a lot of nice bounce from the light coming in because I chose to use a white material for the bottom/back of the light tent.  I still have directionality to the light, but also a nice fill as well.  Light placement is important especially in this shot because we have a highly reflective main object.  You want good illumination, but you don't want glare.


Post Processing:
Basic Camera RAW adjustments and boosted the saturation a bit and there you have it.

And for those who like lighting diagrams:


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