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Studio Photography Insights #8: shooting watches

This is our 8th hangout, and this time it lasted for two hours. It looks like we may not be able to review all the submissions during hangout in a future: Instead, we’ll be dividing submitted image to groups and will be selecting one from each. Each one from the selection will represent most¬†common¬†mistakes or/and techniques, so we won’t be repeating the same critique for every shot.
But again, everything will depends from the amount of the images submitted for a review.

Now, the video from the hangout. Almost 2 hours, but I am sure you’ll find lot of interesting things for you: we were discussing solutions and¬†approaches¬†on how to shot shiny subject, gemstones, etc. Watches are jewelry…

Studio Photography Insight #8:

So, the next assignment would be a creative (we¬†always¬†need to shoot creative, isn’t it?:) splash, any liquid type and subjet can be used. However, the most important that final image should bring emotion to the viewer.
When looking, we should feel something more than just a joy from a perfectly executed shot.  It may not be easy, but this is what sells. People need to be emotionally involved when looking at the shot. For better explanation form Dave Nitsche see the end of the hangout.
Submit your work on the forum: Emotionally charged splash: deadline 03/14

Now, instead of selecting “the best” we’ll have all the submissions featured here. I want you to decide it for yourself, what is the best what is not. And if you are interested on how a¬†particular¬†shot was done and who did it, just dig in¬†our forum: most of the images has the¬†lighting¬†setup posted there.

Weekly assignment results:

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Get tech info for each shot here.

Now, grab your creativity and go for the next assignment!


2 responses on "Studio Photography Insights #8: shooting watches"

  1. Thanks for doing this Alex! I really appreciate the chance to hang out with you, even though virtually, and be able to discuss what we all love. The critiques sure help me out and I can only guess they help everyone including yourself. Today I picked up an 8×10 edited version of my watch shot for my portfolio and all the people in the store loved it and were asking how I did it. At some point, I’ll have to not give all my secrets away ;)

    Anyhow, here is a link to my updated watch so everyone can see the difference from I posted here on your blog and the edits I made:



    P.S. I hope my link works.

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