Still life and advertising is one of the projects we have for the upcoming year. Today was the first part covering basic lighting techniques for still life work. We were given quite boring, inanimate objects and asked to make them look interesting using lighting.
As photographers, light is our medium, our tool. Product photography and still life is a very important part of our lives. Everywhere you look you will see images promoting some kind of product or service.
We had access to basic lights and covered tables. We were given an old wooden chopping board and were asked to make it look good.
This was the basic setup. Things are kept very simple with the light source very low shining across the subject generating texture lighting. This kind of lighting is great for objects that have surface irregularities that we want to emphasise.
This is the final image and I think it comes out pretty good given the basic setup. I didn’t even use a DSLR to capture it, my iPhone took this shot.
This technique is great for use with glass as it greatly masks blemishes and scratches at the same time giving the edges a nice black look.
A table is placed in front of a white background and the background is then lit. It really helps to turn out the room lights as we are trying to remove any surface reflections.
The result can be quite stunning even with a quick basic setup. This again was from the iPhone. The use of coloured gels could add and extra dimension to this kind of work.