Photographing black-on-black products can be hard enough as it is, but things become even more complex when the product has gloss surfaces and curved shapes.
In this class, Karl explains the challenges you can expect to face when photographing black gloss products on a black background and demonstrates how to overcome these as he photographs an electric guitar. Throughout the shoot, you’ll see how he uses a tilt-shift adapter to achieve sufficient depth of field, creates gradient lighting to highlight the shape of the guitar, and controls precise patches of light to accentuate key areas of the instrument.
- How to photograph black-on-black product shots
- Lighting techniques for photographing gloss surfaces
- How to light products with mixed surface textures and shapes
- Using wide-angle lenses for product photography
- Using tilt-shift lenses for product photography
- Creating & controlling gradient lighting
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A highly complex shape to shoot, this electric guitar presented a number of challenges when it came to getting the light in the right position.
Working with the product set against a black background, the first stage of the lighting was to create a gradient lighting. This I did using a scrim, testing the positioning of my lights to see where worked best. I then worked to introduce patches of light to highlight details like the pickup switch, tone and volume dials, and tuners.
Using a combination of lights, I also used mirrors to bring light to areas along the side of the guitar. This reflected the gradient light and helped separate the guitar from the black background.
As you’ll see in the video, the final image was captured largely in one shot, with separate images shot for lighting down the right-side of the guitar and on the tone and volume dials.