In this product photography class Karl demonstrates how to shoot a close up product shot of lipsticks in red paint using a one light setup.
Meticulous thought and planning were required for this shoot as there would only be one opportunity to get the shot. You’ll see each stage of this shoot, including planning, testing, lighting and shooting. You’ll also learn more about tilt-shift photography and how to use tilt-shift for product photography.
- Learn product photography
- Product photography lighting
- One light product photography setups
- Learn how to photograph lipsticks
- How to create gradient lighting using softboxes
- Tilt-shift product photography
For this cosmetics product shoot I wanted to create a close-up image of Chanel lipsticks in red liquid, but I knew I’d only have once chance to get the shot. This meant every stage of the shoot had to be carefully thought through and planned.
To start, I had to determine my composition. It was crucial that I get this right because the lipsticks, in order to prevent them floating in the liquid, would be stuck down. Once they were stuck, there would be no changing my composition.
Once I’d finalised this, I started working on the lighting. The setup for this shoot was very simple — one large softbox from overhead.
To see the lighting on the product, I used a test plate with a single lipstick in red paint. This stage was important as it allowed me to figure out my lighting before I started adding liquid to the final arrangement of lipsticks.
Once I was satisfied with the lighting, I swapped out the test plate for the final arrangement. Then, very gradually, we started pouring the paint. This was done in gradual stages as I wanted to see how the paint interacted and wrapped around the lipsticks. I had to find a balance where the lipsticks looked good in the liquid but weren’t overwhelmed.
Pouring the liquid was the final stage of the shoot, having already determine the composition and lighting, and once it had reached a point I was happy with, I knew I had my shot.
The final image:
To learn more about product photography and how to photograph cosmetics, visit our Product section, where you’ll find a range of classes detailing all you need to know about product photography. To help you get started, I’ve put together a list of popular classes and articles that you’ll find useful.
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