For this product photography class Karl photographs a Specialized time-trial racing bicycle to demonstrate how to light and photograph complex products that have multiple different textures and small important details.
Throughout this step-by-step shoot, Karl explains the concept for the shot, his composition decisions, background choice and techniques for controlling the lighting. As he gradually builds the lighting setup, you’ll learn techniques for lighting matte products, how to reduce flare, and see exactly how important the position of the light is.
This detailed class covers multiple techniques that could be applied to numerous different products and clearly demonstrates the value of methodical work practice and deliberate problem-solving.
- Professional techniques for how to photograph a bicycle
- How to secure objects for a product shoot
- Lighting techniques for matte products
- How to avoid flare
- How to create rim lighting for products
- The importance of lighting position
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.
This shoot was one that I really enjoyed, but it wasn’t without its challenges. If you only see the final setup, the shoot itself may seem quite complex, but in actual fact it wasn’t as complicated as it looks. This is because, by working methodically, I could solve problems one by one to get the final image.
The first problem to solve was securing the bicycle. It needed to be in a fixed position to avoid any movement during the shoot. You can see exactly how we did this in the video.
With the bicycle in position, the next step was to start building up the lighting. Starting with an overhead softbox, I continued to add to my lighting, enhancing the rim lighting on the frame and adding small pockets of light to other key areas.
As I started to balance the multiple lights one of the challenges I had to overcome was flare. The position of my lights meant I was getting flare, which was causing the image to appear dull and low-contrast. Once this was solved, it was a case of balancing the lights to achieve the mood I wanted.