My Home Product Setup
I was looking through my phone pictures yesterday and I found a picture I took of my setup when I took this picture so I thought I'd share it. I use it quite a lot for product shots particularly when glass is involved because there are fewer distractions reflected in the glass.
I have a few A1 sized pieced of foam-core in black and white that I use for product shoots as backgrounds and surfaces but I also use them as flags and reflectors if needed.
For the shot of the reflector, I had the machine on a pice of black foam-core with another behind it. I then pus two more either side to stop any ambient light hitting the subject. The two pieces of polystyrene are preventing light spill from the strobes hitting the background so it stays white - I sometimes remove these to get a different effect which you can see in the pictures of the Whisky bottle and cocktail below.
The strobes are then fired into white foam-core so the light comes back at the subject well diffused and slightly from behind. If you keep the gap that the light enters really narrow, it created a very pleasing rim light on bottles. If there is detail on the face of the subject that I wish to pick up in the shot, I usually light it with a focussed beam from my head-torch.
The projector picture was taken using my 24-105 F/4L at 105mm and at f/11. The shutter speed was 1/160th which is the max I'll usually use with this particular trigger and strobe combination. The shot was then processed in Lightroom to make the black truly black and increase the contrast.
Here are some more shots using the same (or slightly modified setup)
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