Attention-grabbing Watch Photography With a Mobile Phone

Attention-grabbing Watch Photography With a Mobile Phone - student project

Class Description:

Do you have a watch that looks great in real life but when you take a photo of it, it’s a bit … disappointing?

 

In this class you’ll learn how to take watch photos you can be proud of, with just a mobile phone. You’ll discover two or three tricks that are easy to do but have a big impact on the final image. We’ll do this without any special equipment or software – no apps to install!

 

This class is for you if you’re a beginner to photography, or if you just want an easy way to create watch images to share on social media. Having said that, even non-beginners may find ideas and inspiration.

 

Although the class focus is on watches, it’s also relevant for similar items like bracelets or necklaces which face the same challenge of highly reflective surfaces. More broadly, the composition and lighting techniques we’ll cover could even be applied in more general product photography, such as a treasured ornament or even a delicious-looking cupcake.

 

By the end of this class, you’ll be able to produce an image, or hopefully many images, of your watch that you’ll be proud to show to others, and maybe even make them a bit jealous! So, let’s get started…

 

Project Description:

Your class project is to create at least one photo of your watch just using your phone. 

 

To make it easier, work on your image following the steps in the class:

  1. Position the camera and watch to create diagonal lines, and with the watch towards the edge of the picture.
  2. Try different backgrounds, considering the effect of their texture and tone.
  3. Reduce reflections by using parchment paper (baking paper).
  4. Move yourself and your composition relative to the light source, choosing the direction you prefer.
  5. Lower the brightness (exposure) so there are no overly bright spots.
  6. Add props to enhance the overall story, theme or emotion.

 

When done, share your photo in the Projects section so others can enjoy it. And don’t forget to admire other student’s projects, which will give you inspiration for your next photo!

 

Draft intro video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrQtgUF1W78

 

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Class Outline

 

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Daniel Davis

Making photography easy

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