Cosmetics Product Shoot Using TV Background

In this product photography class, Karl shows you how to create a stunning ‘on location’-style shot without ever leaving the studio.

Using a TV displaying a stock image in conjunction with two continuous LED lights and some basic modifiers and accessories (plus a bag of sand), Karl demonstrates some simple techniques that you can easily use in your own photography.

As he makes adjustments to his camera settings, tweaks his lighting setup, alters the colour temperature of the LED lights, experiments with coloured gels, and more, Karl gathers a collection of images that he can bring together in post-production to create the striking final image.

In this class:

  • Product photography with continuous LED lights
  • Using a TV as a photography background
  • Working with stock images in photography
  • Using coloured gels in product photography
  • How to change colour temperature
  • Using reflectors to bounce light into shadows

To watch Karl edit and retouch the final image, check out Cosmetics Product Shoot Using TV Background | Post-Production.

If you enjoy this class, be sure to check out Pros and Cons of Using LED Lighting for Studio Photography and Sunlit Shadows Cosmetics Shoot.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.

© Karl Taylor

Comments

  1. Hi Karl, in a shoot like this, does the continuous LED light offer significant advantages over studio flash, or could the same results generally be achieved with both systems of lighting with equal effort?

    1. Hi Hannu you could probably do it more easily with studio flash. I just wanted to demonstrate a version with continuous light in this instance.

  2. Hi Karl, how such a TV background like this would compare to a backlit Duratrans printed background? Thank you very much!

    1. Hi, not much different except you can illuminate the duratrans with a softbox and flash so you don’t need a long exposure.

  3. Awesome tutorial Karl! I’m about to do a similar project involving product shoot using sand. This video could not have come an opportune time!

  4. I love the process – this inspires endless creative ideas.

    I might have explored adding a small sand pile/hill with real sand between the background and product line foreground to bridge the depth perception and unify the detail of the grains of sand with the background dunes.

    As always I’m really inspired seeing your attention to the hero in the shot and the extent you go to make it amazing. Another amazing learning opportunity for me. Thanks.

  5. jeahn

    Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to try this. The sun light was a genius idea. Do you think it would be a good idea to hook the TV up to the computer as a second monitor and then open the stock image in photoshop so color and light adjustments can be made in real time? I believe photoshop has a full-screen blackout option. Thanks for this lesson!

  6. Nice to see a professional take on what I’ve seen others do on Instagram etc. Who’d have thought an LED table lamp would create such a convincing sun effect!

    I know you’re going to follow this up with a post-production which will probably explain – but did you manage to keep the sun at 255 RGB or was it overblown? If so, is that considered acceptable in a shot like this?

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