Hi, recently a friend of mine, who has a beehive (Yep she and her family makes honey for years) , asked me to shot some images of the products they are going to put on sale during the upcoming holiday here in Israel .As I was sure we are going to photograph more natural images, using available light in the woods, my friend decided that she wants to photograph this line of products on a simple white background. The only thing was did didn’t tell me about it and I got to her unprepared…So what are we going to do? Its time for some improvisations!
I photographed in her shop, it was a tiny room about 4m*4m full of shelves and not to much spare room for luxury setups. As the “studio” was a shop, we had to stop the shooting once in a while cause costumers had to visit and disturb us… `-)
So here is how I did it:
- Background: I got to an office equipment store and bought 3 big 70cm*50cm white bristol paper- two of them I have to use and another oneto be a spare one in case something goes wrong/dirty.
- Table – Gosh, they had only a chair in the store, we had to go to their neighbours to borrow a small table.
- Lighting – I started with just on light , the on on the right side of the image, a YN565 flash (reviewed here) shoot into a bg umbrella (110cm), but as the shop was pretty dark , there where no light reflection from the left side of the shop, so I added my YN560II (reviewed here). The yn 565EX as main light/umbrella was trigger by a radio remote trigger and set to about 1/16th of full power, while the fill light from the left had to be at very low power, cause I wanted it just to let some light to the left side of the image, making the shadows created by the main light, just a little less harsh.
- Camera – Set to ISO about 1600 as I wanted the flash to recycle fast while the aperture was small (f/10 – f/11) to get as much DOF as possible, because I was shooting from a close distance.
- This is it, the setup took about 5 minutes to build, including taping the “background” to the selves behind…All you have to do is start shooting and replace the honey gifts.
I hope you enjoy this quick post, to get this DIY product photography with normal gear is very easy and fast.
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