This time it was a shoot for the front page of the new aDesign website, and we had new, “creative” requirements from the client. Meaning we were free to select how many products to shoot and how to position them. The most cool thing that we were required was to compose the shot on a dark background.
Why do I like to shoot on dark backgrounds? One of the reasons is because we did so many product shots (mostly for web and print catalogs), and all of them on a white background, and it became a little boring. The second reason is that almost any product looks better, more dramatic, on a darker background: this is why Lightroom and the majority of the photo viewers (now even flickr lighbox) have a gray or darkish-gray background by default.
Rest of the Requirements:
No other props beside brushes are used, no female model or powder (was my first intention to use). The quality of the brush hair must be clearly shown.
So, after 3.5 hours in the studio, 5+ different lighting setups and different product compositions we got this:
Now, let me show you how it was done.