Make Awesomer Product Photos: Create Your Own Photoshoot!
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Before You Shoot: Setting Up10:22
Lighting and Comparing12:35
Additional Lighting Deetz and Editing26:51
Set up your very own product photoshoot + share your best photos
Setting Up Your Shoots & Taking Awesome Photos
- After watching the kickoff lecture and checking out the resources I shared, you'll set out to cre
After watching the kickoff lecture and checking out the resources I shared, you'll set out to create your own product photoshoots and take some awesome product photos. Share your favorite photos from your shoots in the Projects Tab when you're ready, and we'll review our favorites in the next Office Hours.
Creating your photoshoots
- Create two separate product photo shoots.
Create two separate product photo shoots.1. Photograph your first product on a plain backdrop.Criteria:Backdrop must fit into one of these categories:a) A solid colored backdrop (ie: all white or another color you've chosen)b) Two solid colored backdrops (like in the Bernd Westphal examples)Goals:Your solid colored backdrops must be a consistent color of itself. If you're shooting on white, make sure the entire backdrop from the corner of the image to where the product is sitting is white.Note:- If shooting on a solid color (ie: white), we don't want the product to look like it's floating. We also don't want harsh shadows that will distract from the product. Find a balance with minimal shadows.2. Photograph you product in a scene, either using natural backdrops (such as a wood table and a wall) or have your product sit in it's real life environment (a camera sitting nicely on a bookshelf).- remember, it's great to photograph your product in context and in a place that people will actually use it or see it, but the background and surroundings should never distract from your product.
- Share your photoshoots in the Projects Tab for feedback!
Share your photoshoots in the Projects Tab for feedback!
Check out these links and study the product photography. Ask yourself these questions:
http://berndwestphal.de/still-life/ (Scroll over until you see 5 different products shot on pastel colors, starting with the mouse trap)Lastly, some product photography that inspires me, followed by my own product photography:I highly recommend this book. It's very much in textbook style, so don't read it like a novel, but definitely go through as much as you can. You'll learn a ton!
- What are the similarities and differences?
- Where do you think the main light source is coming from?
- What are the shadows like, or are there reflections?
- How are the products set up and displayed?
- Is the background color consistent?