Compared with studio lights, speedlights are more affordable and more portable. But getting high-quality results out of them typically also requires more effort, as Karl proves in this live photoshoot, now available to watch as a replay.
Setting himself quite a challenge, Karl limits himself to three speedlights as he photographs two paintbrushes with paint dripping off them, plus a tin of paint in the background.
In this video, you’ll learn how to use speedlights for product photography, including how to achieve gradient lighting by using a homemade scrim, mirrors, and white reflectors.
You’ll also see Karl apply his understanding of angles of incidence and reflection to position his lights correctly.
As he works, he answers audience questions about scrim placement, the benefits of using a histogram, why he opted for a black background rather than a white one, and more.
He wraps up the show with some quick post-production to polish up the final shot.
This class is a great lesson in the importance of modifying and controlling light, regardless of the source. As Karl explains, light is light – it’s what you do with that matters.
What you’ll learn:
- Product photography with speedlights
- How to use a scrim
- How to achieve gradient lighting using speedlights
- Applying angles of incidence and reflection
- How to photograph wet paint
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