‘How To’ Full Version – Shooting Tech Devices

As part of his work with broncolor, Urs Recher is often tasked with photographing electronic products, which often have illuminating screens or buttons. When photographing these items, it’s important to achieve the perfect exposure in order to capture the images on screen.

In this product photography class (a summarised version is available on YouTube) Urs and Karl show you a quick and easy way to photograph an iPad using just three lights and basic modifiers. Urs shares a few useful tips and tricks, reveals a useful accessory and explains his lighting setup and ratios so that you too can capture the perfect product shot.

IPad shot on back background.

In this product photography class we cover the following:

  • Product photography: How to photograph electronic products
  • Product photography tips
  • Long exposure photography
  • Mirror lock up mode
  • How to create gradated light


  1. Hello Karl,
    Quick question
    Why are you using acrylic as a diffuser on top of the object and not diffuser paper?
    Thanks a lot

    1. Hi, in this instance it only needed a relatively small diffuser so it was easier to use a rigid piece of acrylic that make a new frame for a smaller paper diffuser.

  2. Hi Karl,
    thanks you so much and I really enjoy, it’s appreciated if you let us know about the electronic devices that needs more complicated lighting setup.
    thanks in advanced.

  3. Hi Karl,
    Thank you very much for your answer! Fair enough, the inverse square law and also the way the light gradation looks like.
    I was asking about power settings because I have only (maximum) 600 Ws lights, and I was wondering if they can manage through 5-mm Perspex or I should better buy some thinner 3-mm sheets.

  4. Hi Karl,
    Lovely teaming-up with Urs, as usual!
    Can you please share the final power settings on the 3 x broncolor Unilite 3200J Heads?

    Thanks and best regards,


    1. Hi Bogdan, i’m afraid we didn’t record those settings but remember the power settings on the lights is not very useful unless you also know the exact distances of the lights from the subjects.

  5. Hello Karl
    Do you have any advice on styling cables for electric devices, headphones, et al? I’m never happy with how they look when I try to style them. Are there any best practices for how to position them, set them up for the shot, etc? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi, no they are a nuisance unfortunately. I often glue gun stuff if it doesn’t stay where I want it.

  6. Another really good and informative video. Clear explanation and the step by step approach really helps me to learn. Great!

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