Stellar Camera Product shoot

In this photography class, a bonus product photography shoot, Karl photographs a Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition Camera.

Karl talks you through the process of how to photograph a product image — from deciding your angle of view to how to use colored lighting gels for creative effect. He also explains the common challenges you might face when photographing a product like this and explains how to overcome them.

At the end of this class you’ll feel confident photographing shiny, reflective surfaces, understand when and how to use a polarising filter for product photography and know how to achieve sufficient depth of field when photographing a small product.

In this product photography class we cover the following:

  • Product photography: How to photograph a luxury item
  • Product photography tips
  • Studio lighting setups for product photography
  • Lighting modifiers for product photography
  • How to photograph reflective surfaces
  • How to use a polarising filter for product photography
  • Using colored gels for product photography
  • How to focus stack an image

To see the full retouching classes for this product image, please watch Part 1 and Part 2 of our Product Retouch classes, which you can find in the Post Production section.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below ?


  1. Hey Karl
    Can you give the full description of those magic arms?
    The look very sturdy compared to what i’m finding.
    Searching online but not finding them.

  2. Some great tips paying attention to the reflections by choosing a frosted card, mirrors with gels, the use of a polarizer and also black fabric. These definitely help solve some of issues I have faced in the past. For me there are some lightbulb moments in this one. Thank you!

  3. just getting into some studio work at home to fill in between wildlife trips to Africa… this video has been VERY helpful, thank you…

  4. Karl another great video.

    One question you probably been asked. In your graduated lighting setup with the scrim could you get away with using a large flat white board in replacing the scrim and bounce light up into the board let’s say bare bulb or with a p65 ? This would be similar to bouncing off a ceiling but much closer to the product like sun glasses etc. I been having issues getting scrim material in the USA. Also wanted a durable method. As you mentioned nylon rip chord leaves a mess with wrinkles in the material. I guess my solution is a flat wall or foam board ? If it will work ?

    1. Hi Jared, yes this technique is common in car photography for creating gradient lighting. You need a very smooth pure white board.

  5. Just joined. Very impressed so far. I do agree that the music, while lovely, is slightly distracting. That said, what is it? Cheers.

  6. Loved the way Karl built up the shot… step by step to achieve a fabulous image. Not sure the video needs the music track though, as Stephen says, it’s a bit distracting.

  7. I think the above description is for the previous chapter. Anyway great example of using gels on mirrors to create mood.

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