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Product Photography: BTS Lesson from a Pro

A full behind the scenes lesson for a commercial studio product photography shoot.
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Created by Joshua Geiger
Published 10/2014
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What Will I Learn?
Properly Light Reflective Surfaces
Adjust Depth of Field
Use a Tilt-Shift Lens
Prop & Style Products
Post-Production & Retouching
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  • Need: Camera
  • Need: Lighting (Monolights, Strobes, Speedlights or Constant Lighting)
  • Need: Photoshop
  • Need: Desire to Learn

Over the duration of this course, I'll take you behind the scenes and walk you through shooting a bottle of Tom Ford cologne flanked by gold leaf flakes for a luxurious ad campaign shot. I'll walk you through the set-up, lighting and styling props all the way through post production to saving out the final image.

This course is about 2 hours long and the shoot uses the following gear

  • Nikon D800 (any DSLR)
  • Macro Lens (preferably tilt-shift)
  • 2 Lights (strobe,speed light or constant lighting)
  • Post-Production Software (preferably Photoshop)

Just so you know, this course will continue to grow in content with more BTS shoots of different products. Each time a new Shoot is posted in this course, the price will go up.

Who is the target audience?
  • For: Novice to Advanced Photographers
  • For: Photographers who own and use studio lighting of some kind
  • Not For: Beginner Photographers
  • Not For: Photographers who have no experience with using Manual mode on their cameras
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Expand All 8 Lectures Collapse All 8 Lectures 01:46:29
The Tom Ford Shoot
8 Lectures 01:46:29
In this short video, we'll introduce the main objective of the shoot, talk about what's needed and some of the techniques we'll use to achieve our goal.
Preview 05:04

In this video, we'll set up our mirrored shooting table/surface and position our product for shooting.
Preview 10:20

In this video, we'll add our lighting the set and position it so that we achieve the gradients of light we want on our product.
Shoot: Lighting the Product

In this video, we'll add our gold leaf prop material to the scene for added intrigue and texture in the final image.
Shoot: Adding and Lighting Props

In this short video we'll wrap up the shoot with a little post shoot chat and advice for moving forward.
Shoot: Wrapping Up the Shoot

Image Post Production - 01

Image Post-Production - 02

Image Post-production - 03
About the Instructor
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68 Students
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Commercial Photograher

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, I began my early career in the graphic/visual design industry working with local agencies and clients like Yahoo!, UPS, PepsiCo, MasterCard and AT&T. After a decade of design, I made the move into Commercial Product Photography and haven't looked back. With my new found love, I have had the great pleasure of working with wonderful new clients like EndoChoice, Anisa International & Bhindi Jewelers among many others.

I specialize in commercial product photography and have been teaching studio photography for the past few years over at a very popular studio photography school.

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