Tabletop Product Photography in examples
“Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.”
~ Albert Einstein
Author: Alex Koloskov
This ebook is based on Alex Koloskov’s product photography masterclass we held in August 2011 in Atlanta.
During this 5 hour class Alex photographed seven different subjects and demonstrated how to effectively use various light modifiers (Most of them were DIY) for completely different product types.
We used a watch, jewelry ring, 3 bottles of liqueur, (clear, dark glossy and matte), saxophone and perfume.
Alex is a big fan of DIY stuff, mostly because it gives me ability to have custom built lighting gear which usually works much better than the standard off-shell solution.
It also saves money, opening doors to budget-friendly experiments with the lighting techniques and allows me find new ways to get things done in photography.
In this book Alex will show you how to get the desired results not only the fastest but also the most efficient way. Remember, this book is based on a 5 hours master class, and each subject was photographed in a very short period without any detailed preparation and testing.
It was sort of an express shoot-out, where I was concentrating only on the lighting.
You will find a short description of the shot, the lighting setup (shot of the actual setup and the diagram) and the images. Alex will explain how the shot was done, why I did it that way as well.
Furthermore, Alex will show you the troubleshooting steps. You will see how each lighting setup was built, including all the failures and intermediate results which is something which you will not see by simply looking at final setup.
Now with one hour video of post-production in Adobe Photoshop and reduced size PSD source files with all the original layers included!
Below are these seven products we have photographed during the masterclass. Learn How to Take Photos Like These:
Who will benefit from this e-book:
- Professionals and semi-pro who is working on small tabletop photography field.
- Small business owners who are looking for inexpensive DIY solution to shoot their products.
- Students and their teachers who are looking for fresh ideas and solutions on tough to photograph subjects.
- Intermediate to advanced
What is required:
- Understanding of camera controls, camera shooting modes and relationship between aperture and shutter speed.
- At least some experience with studio lighting and light modifiers.
- Adobe Acrobat PDF reader version “X” or later.
What you will receive:
- Chance to learn the lighting for technically challenging tabletop photography.
- Find out how to efficiently use DIY light modifiers.
- 60 pages e-book in PDF format (instant download).
- 30 day no question asked money back guarantee.
- UPDATE: Now with one hour of post production video and source PSD files included!
This is what masterclass participant said:
I am a graphic artist just starting to learn product photography and I have found your book and your whole site an inspiration.
I particularly like the direct, clear setup diagrams and photos, it gives a solid understanding of controlling reflections and what needs to be considered to achieve great images.
Many thanks for sharing your expertise, that is priceless, and like a great teacher your work inspires me to learn, practice and improve!
I shot a pen yesterday (using your tabletop photography e-book) and retouched today using focus stacking and some cleanup. This was my first ever small product photo and I am very encouraged by the results – it would have been a lot harder without your guidance.
Alex, thank you for a wonderful product photography shoot. I was amazed at your talent and things you shared with the group. I learned many things and I look forward to many more of your classes.
Exceptional. Alex did a terrific job. He was very knowledgeable and engaging.
Alex, wanted to say thank you again for the great class. There was a lot of time and attention spent and given to each of us as we all had different knowledge, skill levels, and questions. I think the part I loved most was watching how you dissected the technical aspects of each product into a piece by piece section experimenting with various modifiers. For those who are out of state, I highly recommend one of Alex’s classes, I flew in from Texas just for this class to watch, learn, and hopefully walk away with some better understanding of what product/ still photography was all about. Not only did I get that understanding but a deeper appreciation for those who do it full time.
Only Adobe Acrobat Reader X or later will work with embed videos, so you need to make sure the program you have PDF opened in is Acrobat Reader. This especially apples to Mac users, where PDF by default opens by “PDF Preview”. You have to use Adobe Acrobat Reader instead.
P.S many thanks to Ian Barber who helped me with e-book. Without him It would take me one more year to finish it:-)