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Product Photography, Composing With Ingredients

Nehha Deshmukh, Ad Creative, Photographer, Owner

Product Photography, Composing With Ingredients

Nehha Deshmukh, Ad Creative, Photographer, Owner

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10 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Which Lights To Use

    • 3. Meet Your New Best Friends

    • 4. Reflector and Diffuser

    • 5. Super Easy Lighting Setup

    • 6. How To Think About Composition

    • 7. Which Grid Am I Using

    • 8. Video Demo Of Composition

    • 9. Video Demo of Colour Correction, Vignette

    • 10. Are Your Images Ready For The Real World?

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About This Class


Being able to compose with product ingredients is a handy skill to have. Whether you are shooting for or selling lotions, shampoos, soaps, juices, cookie, etc. showcasing a product with its ingredients is an important step towards communicating with your potential buyers and making a successful sale.

In this class I will take you through-

  1. Which inexpensive light bulbs to use
  2. A simple lighting setup for shooting at night
  3. Diffuser and reflector that can be used
  4. How to think about image composition
  5. Video demo of composing using a composition grid
  6. Video Demo of simple, one step colour correction / colour grading
  7. How to add a vignette to your images to make them look professional
  8. A simple visual trick if your images stand out against your competition

Composing with product contents is a lot simpler than it appears to be.

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Nehha Deshmukh

Ad Creative, Photographer, Owner


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1. Introduction: I love product photography, and I love food for dog fee on. Sometimes these two loves come together. I feel like composing which ingredients comes across is very intimidating and difficult simply because of the number of elements status in world in the composition. It's actually not that complicated and want to get the hang off it. It becomes like second nature to you. Hi, this is May, huh? On in this class, I want to talk to you guys about image composition, the product ingredients. I walk you guys through a super easy lighting set up. They talk about how to think about layout and composition. What opposition great to use and how to use it. The demonstration off image composition. They talk about one step very simple. Tell a correction easy to be touching. Share with you a very simple visual trick to check. If your images collect corrected. It now has come back to the other images from the Internet 2. Which Lights To Use: I use a very simple store bought lightbulbs. What matters most is the color off the light that you're used. You want to use lights that Emmett White light or natural daylight? There are two bulbs that are used. This is the 1st 1 I know. It's really big on. This is the 2nd 1 I bought both of these bulbs from stores near my house. Local stores near my house. These are not fancy, but these lights that you use in your lamps at home. The only difference is these are white in color. The light they put out is white in color and not yellow. This forced bub I'm using is around 45. What's on it is 6500 k temperature. This is very important. You have to pay attention to the color temperature off the boat that you're using has to be 6500. Gate on. This is actually huge because this light is huge because it army. The bulb is huge and it gets a lot off light. So this is actually very convenient. You know, if you have a bigger subject, if you're shooting portrays, except rather than this light works wonders if you shoot includes if you're shooting for a C T shirts are merchandise on manic wins than this, like works wonders because just one bulb does the job. But if you're shooting something small like jewelry, for example, when you don't have to necessarily invest in this pic blood, you can use the small bulb. This is by Philips. It is again 6500 K You want to make sure you use 6500 kids on it. This is 14. What's It's small, but it does the job perfectly. A lot of times they only use this one single, but as my key source off light. And this does the job. Now, if you don't have, if you're unable to buy this one big bug for some reason, what you can do is and you need a bigger light source. What you can do is buy a couple off these so you could use one off this big bulb. Or you could use two or three off thes asper. Your requirement. So the point being you don't have to invest. You don't have to buy professional lightbulbs necessarily like to scale ingrown lights, strobes, etcetera. You don't have to. You can very well get your job done with these simple light sources that are very easily available on amazon dot com or any store nearby. 3. Meet Your New Best Friends: get ready to meet your new best friend, your remote trigger. Trust me, guys. This is a lifesaver, especially if you're someone who works by yourself who works alone, who doesn't have any assistance or any help while shooting this camera trigger is going to be your first best friend. This is going to be a lifesaver. Trust me. Take my word for it. It's completely and totally worth investing in. I bought this for around, I think, $20 or something I don't actually remember, but it wasn't all that expensive, and it's completely worth a trip. The second best friend is your try board. Now try boards again. Free up so much off your rap space or hands again if you're working alone. If you like some, you're someone like me works by yourself who likes to work at all hours, like at 12 a.m. In the night. Then trust me. Try board is what you need. It's such a lifesaver, So your camera trigger annual try board are going to be your best friends. You need those 4. Reflector and Diffuser : This is a reflector rain trying to show you guys the best as I can. I bought this one from Amazon as well. It opens up. There's a when it opens up to come off diffuser. This is the diffuser you can see and discover is reversible, so you can use it as a reflector. As the sole reflector, you can use it as a white reflector on a few shooting in yellow lights say you're shooting outdoors and sunlight. Then you can use this. I avoid reflective. I highly recommend you got guys. Gift is you see the shining stuff. So you can either by this what I just showed you all. You couldn't make a deflector of yourself that you can use. What you can do is you can use a cardboard or any kind of wood and painted silver or a stick our aluminum foil on it, etcetera. But those of D i Y options. But if you want to shoot for clients than I recommend, you get something more professional looking on. And as faras diffusers go, you don't have to exactly used this as diffuser if this one, because if you're going to use this as reflector on with the silver lining with silver cover, you won't be able to use it as a diffuse it, so you can only use this as a reflector order diffuser. At the same time, you cannot use it as both so for diffuser, you can get professional, refuses the best ones that you can afford to buy. But if you don't want to invest in them, then you can just use any white sheet of paper. Or I recommend using a white sheet of fabric because those are the most convenient, though that almost easiest to get and keep clean and you can wash them. Paper is a little difficult to maintain it, tears apart absolve except etcetera. So I recommend keeping getting ah, white sheet, or you can buy a couple of these. That is also an option. 5. Super Easy Lighting Setup: Hi guys. I want to begin this video with taking you guys through my photography set up. I want to show you guys what I use for my studio. It's not a fancy studio. I have a small space in my house. I used a wooden steward that was lying in my house and on it I place a wooden board which forms the base off my set up, and I use a plain paper black paper. I tape it on the wall, and that is my background for this shoot. Former light source. I use one light but one single light bulb that I bought from a convenient store. We could talk a little bit more about what light bulb and what how many power, how much power the light bulb is off in a little bit. I place the light bulb behind a white sheet of fabric. I use the white sheet of fabric. The white sheet of fabric will work as our diffuser. I bought this light bulb from a convenience store nearby. It's nothing fancy is completely ordinary, and it can be found. It can be bought anywhere. It can be bought on Amazon. It can be bought in any convenience store around the wall. The brand might be different, but what you have to look at IHS the color temperature on the power. But even more than power, you have to pay attention. Remember the color. The color temperature off the light bulb. The color temperature of the bulb should be 6500 K because that is the color off. White light on white light is what we want in this shoot because it resembles daylight. Now I have switched on the light bulb that we are going to use and have switched off all the other light sources or the night bulbs in my and this is the effect that we have. I think it's pretty impressive because it looks like daylight on the shadows that we're getting are pretty. They're kind of refused. They're not too hard. They're not too soft. So that subject looks, uh, even subject looks flat. Almost. It doesn't look flat. That's and that's what we're aiming for. I like this light a lot. What I want to talk to you guys next about is whether or not to use a reflector in our shoot as you can see, there is a white table on the right hand side off my set up. That's actually my work table, but a lot of times the table serves as my reflector. Now you can use any kind of reflector. You can use white fabric. You can use white cardboard, anything that works for you. But the question is whether it is recommended to use a reflector or not. The answer to that would be it's up to you. It's up to your preference. It's up to what kind off effect you are looking to achieve in your shadows. What kind of images are you planning to shoot for, Maybe for yourself or your clients? So that's really a matter of preference. Now, for example, in this shoot I took a couple off four grabs off the bottle off towards Jews Vit, reflector and without reflector. Now what we can see is there is a little bit off difference in the two images. The reflector is making a bit of difference now, off course, the primary use off a reflector is to fill in shadows. But in this case, what it is really doing is by reflecting a bit of flight it's actually adding a little bit off highlight on the bottle on the right hand side and thus it is helping the border. We differentiated from the background, the waterless standing out much better from the background. Secondly, the reflector is helping toe highlight the shape off the bottle, which is our subject. And so I'm definitely opting to choose The reflector in the shoot. But really better are not to use The reflector is a matter off preference. 6. How To Think About Composition: Now I want to talk to guys in the little bit about how you can start thinking off your composition. What would be the steps? What would be the process now? Ideally, you would want to start with sketching, etcetera, but I want to talk to you about how you can think about it. Now Think about your composition as if you were designing a Boston for a movie. A movie poster. How would you go about it? What would be the first step? What would be the most important subject, or what would you highlight the most in your poster? And that would be the lead actor, the leading actress in your movie, right? So, for example, here they're trying to sell or any choose. So now the bottle off our orange juice is our hero, so we want to start composing in such a way a person. When a customer, when an onlooker looks at your image, he looks at the border off your orange juice. First not think of the rest of the ingredients in your product as if they were the supporting cast in your movie. What you want to do is forest, highlight your product and then compose the rest of the ingredients around your product. 7. Which Grid Am I Using: no. The next step, when you start composing is taking a grid. Now there are different types of breads that you could use I want to use. I'm going to use the rule of thirds grid in this demonstration in this class also because it's the most simplest one, the most carbon one to use. And also because this cred you can wield this cred in your cameras. Will you find her or are in your camera screen? Now there are four golden points in this cred that we want to focus on while deciding to place our main subject in the composition. I'm selecting the right hand side bottom Golden Point to place my orange juice bottle as the focus off image. 8. Video Demo Of Composition: image composition is a way off. Guiding the River Spy two words. The most important elements off your work, sometimes in a very specific order. Let's get going with the live demo. I wanted to shoot rest of the video in the portrait mode because I think that's the most common mood a lot off the engines that you see on the Web, like Lam's Interest or Instagram on Instagram Stories are all available in the portrait more. This is my camera screen. I wanted to show you guys what it looks like. As you can see. I'm focusing on the right hand side Golden Point right hand bottom, Golden Point, and have placed the most important part off the bottle. That is the orange truce on the Golden point. You can also see that while placing the orange bottle, what have Jonah's have placed it on the right hand side diagonal line off the grid. You can also see that I've tried to place the bottle in between or on the two horizontal lines. Now remember, this grid is just a guideline. We don't have to follow it to the point. We don't have to place the border exactly on the grid lines, but it's just a visual guideline. Ingredients offer here. Products are oranges, lemon juice, turmeric and gil. Next, I'm going to compose the image by placing the ingredients around our subject. I'm going to place this orange around the second golden point that it's the left hand side , bottom golden point. And because I want the border off orange, choose to take the front seat. In this composition, I'm going to place the actual orange fruit behind the border. You can put the lemon and half or place a tour. There's no single way of doing this. No. Now I want to balance the empty spaces with our green ingredient, scattered ingredients and all of your second Gordon point. 9. Video Demo of Colour Correction, Vignette: I like to keep the postproduction off my images to be minimal and simple, especially if you have your own business kind of working by yourself on have a large Bankoff images to edit, and the postproduction process can be very stressful and very taxing one time. So I want to share with you a couple of post production image parenting tips that I have that I used to just push my even just a little bit so that the stand out on the close for this is the photograph that was shot in our demonstration. I have opened it up and for the shop, and I'm going to quickly copy it into a new earlier. No, Before we begin color correcting and retouching this photograph, I want to fix the alignment off this image. As you can see, the bottom off the board isn't perfectly horizontally aligned, so I'm going to fix start using the transform. - I like to keep things fast and simple, and for this reason I'm going to use only one single step off color correction on Lee. One single step to push the colors and brightness and contrast in our image and make it ready for the real world. At the bottom off your layers window, there's a symbol for adjustment layers. Click on it to open the levels window. Click on the precepts option. There are a few reset options available. Try them out and use the one that works the best for you. - An inconvenient to your image gives it a softer look on. Helps in guiding. I toe the subject to Adam in your to your image. Simply fall of the steps in this video. Or, alternatively, you can use the downloadable when you file that I have shared in the description below on just to use the multiplier effect over your image in the layer spaniel in for show. 10. Are Your Images Ready For The Real World?: the first and foremost reason to color correct to color grain. Your images is to get the most accurate tone off the subject. But what it also does is it makes your image Bob. It makes the colors pop. It makes your image Weibring, color correction or color grating. It can really take your images from boring to gorgeous. Now the question arises is where they will Not if your image is color corrected enough, but there are not. It is pretty enough for the Internet. How do you know when to stop color correcting? How do you know that your color corrected? You calibrated your retouch the image just enough that it stands out in the Internet or it doesn't look doesn when compared to the images off your competition. Now this is a simple visual trick that I like to use. I'm sure there are many out there, but this is the one I prefer. Simply go to Pinterest dot com and type in the keyword, food, photography or whatever you're working on. Whatever your subject is, say we're looking on orange juice. Or maybe of right now we are working with dark background photography or morning photography so, whatever your subject, er's just bring the keywords and you'll get a whole range of images now on a computer screen. Place your image next to the open window on. Compare your image with the rest of the images that are showing. How does it look? How does you know much? Does it look faded? Doesn't look tell. How does it look now? There is no black and white answer to how much color correction should began, so I use the strick just as a guideline.