Skincare Product Photography using Monochromatic Colors | Cecilia Cruz Sandoval | Skillshare

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Skincare Product Photography using Monochromatic Colors

teacher avatar Cecilia Cruz Sandoval, Photographer / Content Creator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Skincare Product Photography a Monochromatic look


    • 2.

      First steps to take better photos


    • 3.

      Working with color: the Monochromatic look


    • 4.

      Analyzing the composition


    • 5.

      Editing the final image


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About This Class

Using color to enhance your images is a great composition resource to know how to use. In this class, we analyze my process for creating a skincare product photography. You can replicate this composition with your products and start making beautiful images for your social media with almost no effort. You can use your smartphone or a DSLR camera to create your images, natural or artificial lights. There are no limits to what you can accomplish once you understand how the image is created. 

Start your journey into product photography with confidence and make my pro tips your own to develop your style. Take whatever products, objects, you have at home to start practicing, I'd love to see your images and inspire others to start creating as well. 

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Cecilia Cruz Sandoval

Photographer / Content Creator


Hola!! Hello!!

I love Photography and sharing all I know about it. For the past 15 years I've been managing my studio and teaching about photography online and at Universities and Colleges here in Puebla, Mexico where I live. Everyone needs to know how to create an image, whether you have a professional camera or a smartphone. As long as you are interested in creating images to transmit something is what matters. The power of photography is universal and I want to share with you how to become a better photographer or improve the skills you already have.

My passion in Photography is in portraiture, I mainly work doing women's portraits in my studio, doing editorial and boudoir photography. The second love of image creatio... See full profile

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1. Skincare Product Photography a Monochromatic look: Creating images that sell are attractive doesn't have to be complicated. When we analyze how a photograph is composed, we can learn a lot about the process of designing an image and replicate that style with what we want to achieve. Hello, I'm Cecilia Cruz and I'm a professional photographer here in Mexico. I believe that everyone needs to know how to create a good image. It can be a photograph of people, places, or objects. I'm going to tell you in this class all about my process of how I create product images. By using few elements and leaning on the use of color, we can make our images very interesting. To start your journey into product photography, you can use natural light or artificial light. I will be using one's studio flash to illustrate my process, but you can use continuous light as well. What you will learn in this class at the end, is to adapt this composition to your own products and your own style. From here on, you can create many images for your social media with no effort. Use your smartphone or your professional camera to take your images. We are also going to edit the final image for a complete process. Join me here on Skillshare to learn my protipes and to make them your own. To have a bright photography future and start trusting your instincts and your skills. Come to Skillshare and let's get started. 2. First steps to take better photos: Creating images. That cell doesn't have to be very complicated. You can do this type of photoshoot with different variations according to what you have available. We are going to dissect how I created this image and give you ideas on how to make it different just by changing a few things. First, let's talk about lighting here in the studio, I use strap lights because I do product and port photography. I only use continuous light. When I do video, I use flashes because that's what I have available here. But if you only have continuous light, go ahead and use them. You can also use natural light if the place where you are working is well lit. The only thing is that you only will be available to work during the day. The setup that I have over here is using one light, a soft box, a diffuser, to make the light even and soft. Our products are small, so we don't have the need for a second flash, but if you want to, you can use an umbrella or another soft box. The light is close and a bit above at a 45 degree angle. We are lighting the products from all sides. We are also using white foam board to bounce the light. It doesn't matter if you are using a professional camera or a smartphone to take your photos. As long as a light, it's okay, Your products look great. That's what matters. When using natural light, you can replicate the set up by placing your table by a window door, and bouncing the light with white foam board. I use my straps with less than half of the power. It depends on the power of your equipment and how strong the flash fires. Do some testing before you get the exposure. Right now, let's talk about the composition. 3. Working with color: the Monochromatic look: As you see, I'm working with the smallest skinker products. The bottle is quite pretty in purple and silver. I want to use a monochromatic look to enhance the product. In the background, I have a roll of paper. You can buy color paper sheets in any craft store. I am using three tons of purple to go with the color of the product on the table. I have a lighter purple and I place a box wrapped in brighter, pink, purple as a base for the products. The monochromatic look is dynamic and you can spice it up with little changes like flowers, leaves, other related items of your product. If you are not sure about what color what to use, you can consult a color wheel to give you an idea of complementary and analog colors to use. Always check your packaging for the colors. They give you the first hint on where to go. 4. Analyzing the composition: Now that it shows your colors for the composition, let's talk about how to place your products within the photo frame. For sure, you are going to use your photos for social media horizontal and vertical. Just remember to leave enough space on both sides in case you need to crop your image and take both horizontal and vertical photos to use around your social network. Flowers are a great prop for your photos because they have texture and bring softness, a visual interest to the whole composition. I chose these tiny white flowers to create a surrounding frame. In the composition, I place the flowers at several distances to create a Dep field negative spaces. Take photos from different angles and see what works for your products. I'm using a low angle to make the bottles look bigger and fill the frame. By stacking three bottles, I am creating a vertical line that draws attention to the center. This works because the bottles are round and short. Take advantage of the size and form of your product and play with it. See if they look okay in groups or stack like mine. If I wanted to use the same set up with other product, it'll be easy since the center is where the attention is in the frame. Move closer to show more detail of your product or just let the flowers be a companion to your composition. Now that we have the final image, let's go to the editing part. 5. Editing the final image: Editing a photo is quite a direct step if you took your pictures with consistency and check for all the details you have to edit list. My advice is to try to have a great image from the beginning in your camera or your smartphone. I use light room on my desktop computer and online smartphone. Many times I only use the native editing software from my phone. Choose what you know and what you have available. Let's go to light room and edit the final photo. Editing your image is quite a simple step here in light room, I can change a lot of properties from the image, but most softwares do the same thing here. I'm just going to move the contrast to create more balance between the light and the dark sides of the image. Since my image is quite well exposed, I don't need to change a lot of things. This is what I meant, that if you are consistent with your images and how you take them, you don't have to spend a lot of time editing them, moving the curves and the exposure just to create a nicer balance between the lights and the dark. You can do this with your phone. If you took your photos with your Smartphone, it's the same thing. Maybe some names change, but basically you can do the same in all these kinds of software. Also, I want to increase the saturation of the colors because the purples are really nice and I just want them to pop a little bit more. I'm choosing each purple and increasing the saturation just to create this different balance of colors. You can also tone the image if you want to and you can improve the texture if you see that you image need that change here in light room. I can also create a mask and do some other exposure movements to make the central product pop. I'm going to create a mask here to increase the exposures, to bring more light to the center of the image, to create a starker difference between the background and the front. As you can see, now the bottles really pop. But besides that, I also want to see if there's something else I can do to change the overall appearance of the image. Here I'm trying with different color, toning of the images, maybe see if it can be warmer or a B a bit greener or cooler. You can do all these changes and see if they work with your final image. If you make a mistake, don't worry. You can always go back and do what you just did in the transformation of your image. I'm just increasing a little bit of the warmth in the image because I like it a little bit more yellow. Just to check the different colors, the greens and the purples. Now I want to change the crop of the image because I'm going to use it for a real in my Instagram. I'm going to use a 16.9 cropping. This is very simple, just adjust to your image. Cropping from the upper side, from the background in the image just to make my central product pop a little bit more. I'm also going to create a vignette because I think vignettes sometimes help to encase the product and to bring a little more interest to the center. With the vignetting, what I'm doing is just creating a darker frame around my product. Please share with us your final image to connect and inspire others. I'll be glad to give you feedback and see your results.