A scrim is a DIY lighting modifier, often used by product photographers to create gradient lighting.
But why would you use scrims or diffusion material rather than softboxes? The key benefit of using a scrim over a softbox is that you have the ability to position it at different distances and angles from the light source and subject. This enables you to create different gradient lighting effects while maintaining soft light. Best of all, they are affordable lighting modifiers that you can easily make yourself and use for many different types of photography.
In this class, you’ll learn the DIY techniques for making your own scrim for photographing products. This is something that Karl uses a lot in his work — in fact, for product and still life photography, a scrim is one of the most essential pieces of lighting equipment.
Observe the step-by-step process of creating a scrim as Karl talks you through what affordable equipment you’ll need and how to put everything together.
What you’ll need:
- Tape measure
- Lightweight planks of wood
- Gaffer tape
- Diffusion material/tracing paper (diffusion material is preferable as it is less flammable than tracing paper)
You’ll find numerous examples where Karl uses gradient lighting to photograph products — everything from bottles to cosmetics. These include our ‘One-Light Lipstick Product Shoot’ class and ‘Whisky Photography’ live show replay.
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