I wasn’t sure what to photograph for Phillip McCordall’s Product Photography lesson - I looked around my living room for electronics but my Roomba filled with cat hair just didn’t seem to fit the bill. Luckily, my roommate left her gold Massimo shoes in the living room - now this was a product I could get excited about!
Although I have a nice camera (Nikon D90), I don’t have any fancy still-life equipment like Philip so I had to get creative. I knew lighting would be the biggest issue so I set-up the shoot near a window with a thin curtain that diffused the light. I used my lamp as the artificial light source and then set-up a white back-drop with chart paper. I kept the lamp in front of the paper, rather than behind it like Phillip suggested, because the lamp light was not very bright. I initially thought showing the wood of the coffee table would make the photo more interesting, but ultimately decided it was too much of a distraction so I covered it with paper.
I grabbed a bathroom mirror like Phillip recommended and that’s where the fun began. I had never used a reflective surface to enhance my photos in the past and loved how much more control it gave me over the lighting.
The Final Shot
These are two photos I liked the best from the shoot. Although I like the higher contrast lighting in Photo A better, Photo B would probably be best for commercial purposes since it’s a more honest representation of the shoe color.
It’s worth buying black cards to block the glare and help frame the shot. I had to do some cropping post-production to help with this.
I also discovered that my roommate wears the same shoe size as me...she might want to hide her shoes in her bedroom from now on. :)