Perfect product tank shots

This type of shot is common in advertising to give certain products that fresh feeling of vitality and energy. But how exactly so you do this to ensure that you don’t waste days of shooting time and that the products stay in the correct place and are perfectly lit? In this chapter I show you the tricks of the trade and how you can recreate this same look at home or in your studio with minimal gear and a bit of patience.


    1. Hi John, you put black fabric or a black box around your lens all the way to the glass. If no light can hit the glass then there can be no reflections.

  1. Hi Karl, Absolutely love your videos and have learned precisely what I needed to take my product photography to the next level. I’m interested in doing water/splash photography and wondered what size tank you would recommend?

    1. Hi Harvey, that’s a bit of an open ended question as there are many types of product splashes some from above, some from the side etc etc. However I’d have a shallow large tray 1m x1m for the above shots and then a large fish tank probably 1m wide by 50cm deep as a minimum for a tank shot. Many top pro product photographers like Jonathan Knowles have multiple size tanks in their studios. See the live talk show with him in the Live Shows replays.

  2. Hi Karl, Question..using your hasselblad , did you have the autofocus sensor on? or did you focus manual and shut AF off?

    1. Hi Mike, I pretty much use my Hasselblad in MF most of the time, or I focus once in auto to then lock it into manual focus.

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