We’re not entirely sure why, but product photography tutorials are coming hard and fast lately. So in case this DIY lightbox wasn’t good enough, and 360° product photography isn’t your thing, here’s a great tutorial that will show you how to capture killer reflective product shots on a sea of black.
The video tutorial was created by London-based photographer and cinematographer Tom Watts, and using the simple setup shown in the video he was able to capture a bunch of high-gloss product photos like this one:
The setup is simple. First, Watts placed a glass table in front of a black backdrop, and added some black material underneath the glass to get a perfect reflecting surface. Then, he set up a big softbox as his key light, a fresnel kicker with some barn doors as a rim light, and a simple square “reflector” (read: cardboard cake base) on the other side for some fill.
You can see the whole setup in this screenshot from the video:
Using this, he’s able to get these product shots on all black with a great reflection to really make the final image pop. The results speak for themselves:
Check out the full tutorial up top to have the lighting setup explained step-by-step, and then subscribe to Watts’ YouTube channel for more videos like this one.
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Getting into fashion or beauty photography doesn’t have to involve getting lots of expensive gear right away. As New York City-based photographer Jeff Rojas shows you in this short tutorial, you can capture three totally different looks with a very small footprint and just a couple of lights.
Rojas created the tutorial for Phottix, and he focuses specifically on their beauty dish and how versatile it can be. Using a beauty dish, a reflector, and (for two of the looks) a softbox, he’s able to create three very distinct portrait looks.
1. The Dramatic Portrait
The first portrait is dark, moody, and dramatic. It’s meant to enhance features—in this case, his model’s freckles—and all you need is a beauty dish with a grid at 45° above your subject, and a reflector directly below the subject’s chin to fill in some of the harsh shadows.
2. The High Key Portrait
Without moving the beauty dish and reflector at all, you can totally change the feel of the portrait from “dramatic” to “clean and high key” by simply adding a softbox in as the background.
It changes the whole aesthetic and requires next to no work on your part to switch from one look to the next.
3. The Fashion Portrait
Finally, Rojas covers standard fashion portrait lighting. Again, all he uses is a beauty dish (this time with a diffuser on it) and a softbox with a grid. No reflector this time.
The beauty dish is placed above the subject at a 45° angle, and the gridded softbox is placed in front of the subject as a fill light.
And there you go. Three totally different looks with minimal gear and setup. Check out the full video above to see the exact lighting setups for yourself, and hear Jeff explain why he uses the modifiers he does.
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The softbox is one of the staples of light shaping, but are you using it the same way as everybody else? If you need a bit of an inspirational spark to light your creative fire, this short video featuring lighting expert Andrea Belluso will show you how to, in his words, “think outside the softbox.”
The video was created in association with Profoto (we’ll let you guess what brand of softboxes he’s using…) but the tips are universal. In a few minutes, Belluso demonstrates four very different fashion photography ‘looks’ using softboxes as his main light shaping tools—from a very dark and silhouette-ish style, to a light and airy look.
Watch the master at work below:
These four examples are obviously not the only ways you can use a softbox creatively, but if you find yourself in a rut, the four setups demonstrated here might give rise to a fresh lighting idea you hadn’t thought of trying before.
Speaking of which, if you have any ideas or lighting setups you want to share with the rest of us, drop them in the comments down below!
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