How to Make Mind-Blowing Product Photography
I had the opportunity to practice doing some mind-blowing photography. The concept was a little new to me, but boy did I produce some great looking products! Some of my best studio quality ones where produced outside in broad daylight. Let me show you what i got! Also, big shout out to CARYN ESPLIN who gave some amazing tips on how to make products look good! Check out her work! http://www.carynesplin.com
1) IBC Root Beer Product Photography
Wanna pop a cold one? I got what you need right here! This photo was taken in broad daylight believe it or not. I had five YONGNUO IV speedlights pointed at this baby; two underneath it, two behind it on the left and right sides, and one directly behind it. They were all on an automatic trigger so they flashed right at the same time when took a shot. While I took the photos, I had a friend of mine use a spray bottle filled with water to get that spray effect. I then took a photo with my camera on a shutter speeed of 1/500 to get that still motion effect. I tilted my camera slightly askew and I got this awesome photo! Mind-bending right!?
2) The Hunting Knife Product Photography
Another one that was produced out in broad daylight! For this I had to adjust the settings on my camera. My F-stop was between 8-11 and I used a single speedlight with a flashbender. With one hand I was snapping pictures and with the other I was holding the speedlight trying to figure out what the best of light was angle was. Then I stuck it in Photoshop were I brought down the brightness a little bit and used the dodge tool to light up the knife. Overall, an awesome shot!
3) The Vintage Camera Product Photography
How do you shoot a thousand words? I produced this camera product inside on a black sheet so I could get that invisible background going. I used an Einstein strobe light to snap a picture of this beautiful thing then put it in Photoshop to drop the black colors, dodge the camera straps, then added some contrast. I almost want to take out into the woods and explore!
4) Ghirardelli Product Photography
This was technically shot inside, but it was shot at a doorway so I could use some natural light to take this shot. We had a white wooden board where we played around with the box, eggs, and whisk until we got a nice composition going. I used natural light and only brightened up the image a small amount in Photoshop. I also cropped the image a little so that the lines on the board were horizontal.
Number 5: Cookbook Product Photography
I had a cookbook photo in mind when I shot this photo. Using a YONGNUO IV speedlight with a flashbender, I took this shot. I saw that some people had left the kitchen like this and I wanted something that was placed naturally and not by a photographers perspective. I added some pepper flakes and took the shot. Turned out really good!
Number 6: More Cookbook Product Photography
This was my final photo that I took inside with a YONGNUO IV speedlight. Once again I was taking pictures with one hand and had the speedlight in another. I found a good position and snapped a photo of this. In Photoshop I darkened the image just a small bit and added some contrast. A good photo is what came out of it!