Tabletop Photography

A guide to taking your tabletop photography to the next level using simple tools.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

In this course, we deal with one of the broadest fields in Photography: Tabletop.

We will walk you through four different shoots for four different types of subjects:

  • Food
  • Drink
  • Product (Necklace)
  • Flowers

We've also included a workbook with examples and lighting schemes you can replicate and learn how to take your own tabletop photography to the next level, as well a workbook with photographs and an explanation of the lighting setups we used to achieve them.

What are the requirements?

  • Camera with some degree of manual control over exposure (DSLR or mirrorless preferred);
  • 1 or 2 speedlights or studio strobes (for the studio light sections).
  • Simple grip equipment: a couple of light stands, A-clamps, etc.
  • Post-processing software, such as Adobe Lightroom.or Photoshop Elements.
  • Light meter (optional)
  • (basic camera operation knowledge required)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand your goal and make a concept in keeping with the product you are photographing.
  • Select props that complement your subject and add context to your photograph.
  • Use simple lighting tools to make your subject stand out in the photograph.
  • Learn and apply simple post-processing techniques to bring your photographs to life.

What is the target audience?

  • Beginning and intermediate photographers looking for simple tools to bring their tabletop photography to the next level.
  • Anyone interested in tabletop photography.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Tabletop Photography
01:07

An introduction to the art of Tabletop Photography and what will be covered in this course.

Section 2: Tools for Tabletop Photography
05:08

In this lecture we show you the tools we use for a natural light set up.

05:16

In this lecture we will go through the tools we'll use for the studio lighting section of this course. These are tools that we regularly use in our own studio, and we'll use them throughout this course to show you how to achieve the images that we are shooting.

Section 3: Tabletop Photography - Food
01:33

In this lecture we will discuss the concept for a food session with traditional Portuguese cakes, and what we will be able to build on throughout this section.

09:57

In this lecture we will walk you through some of the props we are going to use in this session. In keeping with the concept discussed in the previous lecture, we will show how we collect the props and what to look for in each item we use.

07:20

In this lecture we will shoot a portuguese cake using the props and concepts discussed in the previous two lectures.

04:03

In this lecture we will show you our lighting setup for the shoot in the previous lecture. We will take you through the placement of lights and modifiers and their roles in creating this image.

20:48

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing of the image created in the previous lecture. We will take the image straight out of camera and take you through to the final image we would present to a client.

The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Section 4: Tabletop Photography - Drink
03:30

In this section we will discuss our ideas for shooting a typical Portuguese drink, what message we are trying to convey and how we build up our concept to highlight the product.

11:30

In this lecture we will show you what type of props we gathered to support our original concept. We will talk about how we selected the props and how they enhance the character of the product.

17:27

In this lecture we photograph the drinks bottle and show you how to build your image from start to finish.

Using the concept previously discussed as well as the props chosen to support that concept developed earlier in this section.

01:56

This lecture will explain our lighting setup for the previous video. It will explain the positioning of equipment in relation to the product and why they are there.

21:52

In this lecture we cover the post-processing for the photograph we made in the previous video. We show some tips and tricks on how to bring depth to your photograph, and make the drink the hero of your image.

The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Section 5: Tabletop Photography - Necklace
04:34

In this lecture we will talk about putting together a concept for a real client. We will discuss the client's needs and what they want to achieve through these images.

15:18

In this lecture we will talk about the props we've selected, and how they enhance the initial concept for the client. We will show how to put props together and why we make the choices we make.

07:16

In this lecture we shoot a real clients product - necklaces.

We use the concept and props previously discussed in Lectures 14 and 15 to create an image we will present to the client.

02:38

In this lecture we will show you our lighting setup for the photograph we made in the previous lecture. We will talk about the placement of lighting equipment and modifiers and their purpose in the creation of this image.

15:43

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing for the photograph made in the previous lecture. This is a shoot for an actual client and this image you see processed will be the final image we will deliver to the client. The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Section 6: Tabletop Photography - Flowers
04:33

In this lecture we discuss a flower shoot for an imaginary florist client. We will discuss how to select your product to shoot and some tricks to obtain the best photographs.

10:23

In this lecture we show you a collection of props that we will use for the photo shoot with flowers. We will show you our ideas, where we have collected them from, and how to build them into our image for the following shoot.

19:39

In this lecture we will photograph flowers. We will use the concept and props discussed in the previous two lectures to ensure that we create an image a client would be happy with.

Watch us work as we build this image from the ground up.

02:35

In this lecture we will show you how we did this session using only a natural lighting set up for minimal equipment and maximum results.

16:36

In this lecture we will take you through our post-processing from the RAW image straight from the camera through to our final image that would be presented to the client. The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Section 7: Bonus Material
17 pages

This lecture contains bonus material demonstrating how you can use a simple set up in a variety of different ways.

Section 8: Happy Christmas
03:22

In this lecture we will show you the props we have gathered for shooting your Christmas decorations. All props were inexpensive and easy to collect during this festive period.

02:11

In this lecture we will be shooting Christmas Decorations. The props shown in this video are the ones discussed in the previous lecture.

Watch us build this image from the ground up.

01:54

In this lecture we will show you our lighting setup for the photograph we made in the previous lecture. We will talk about the placement of lighting equipment and modifiers and their purpose in the creation of this image.

06:50

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing for the photograph made in the previous lecture. This is a shoot for an actual client and this image you see processed will be the final image we will deliver to the client. The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Happy Christmas from all at McGunnMedia.

Be sure to post up your Christmas tabletop photos on our facebook group page "McGunnMedia Tabletop".

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Instructor Biography

McGunn Media, Professional Photograhers

Based in the north of Portugal, McGunnMedia is a commercial photography company that specializes in people and tabletop photography. We explore and document the rich culture within this beautiful country, promoting it abroad.

McGunnMedia draws on the multimedia experience of co-founders Anna Gunn and Filipe Martins, combining strengths to achieve the desired results.

Both Anna and Filipe also lecture in local Universities in the visual and audio areas of multimedia.

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