Learn how to create stand-out product images with this detailed class, as Karl demonstrates a number of useful techniques while shooting a Wilson tennis racket.
Throughout this class, you’ll see how Karl shoots two separate images to create the final shot (and what compositional considerations that entailed). As the shoot progresses, you’ll see the lighting techniques for photographing black products on a black background; how to capture motion using fast flash duration; different triggering devices and their advantages and disadvantages; and how to use long exposures for creative effect.
- How to freeze motion using flash
- Product photography tips
- Triggering devices for photographing motion
- How to photograph black products on a black background
- How to avoid flare
- Using reflectors to add additional light
To learn more about fast flash duration and how to freeze motion, take a look at our ‘Understanding flash duration’ photography class.
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For this shoot, I wanted to create a high-energy image with a strong sense of motion, one that you could imagine being used in any sports magazine to promote Wilson sports equipment.
To achieve this image, capturing some element of motion was key. I knew I wanted to freeze the flying tennis ball, so I would need to use fast flash duration. However, I also wanted to incorporate a sense of motion, so I used powder on the ball, which, with a slightly longer exposure, added the movement I was looking for.
To capture all of this, the timing was key. The initial trigger method I used didn’t give the instant capture I needed, so I switched to a different method that gave much more precise results.
Overall, this image combined fast flash duration (used to freeze the ball) with a slightly long exposure (to capture the motion on the powder) to achieve the final result. By combining two images I was able to create a really eye-catching product image that still showed off the best features of the product.