This BTS video will show the basic approach on how to shoot any non-glossy subjects in tabletop photography, and how to create volume and show the shape. Enjoy :-)
How the Canons Were Photographed:
These are some of the shots from the photo-shoot:
The most important to remember:
- Use side lighting, find an angle where it creates gradients on a subject’s flat surfaces
- Use diffusers or reflectors to create a gradient if needed. Avoid flat a look (i.e evenly filled with light flat surfaces)
- Stripboxes (narrow softboxes) are preferable for shots like this
- Tip: use the dodge and burn tool in photoshop to enhance / create gradients on flat surfaces of a subject, if it was not possible to do it with lights during the shot.
- Create a reflection on the glass (lens) with stripbox, not a softbox ( check out my mistake, make sure you watch the video till the end)
- If shooting on black, consider creating a gradient on the background, it will add drama to the shot.