Sunglasses on Black – A Two Light Setup

A quick two light setup. Before I explain anything, I’ll take a second to remind you that 5 will be back tomorrow, so don’t forget to check back in the morning. Anyway, here’s a shot for today – setup and info after the jump.

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This was inspired by a shot Scott Kelby posted recently. The sunglasses were suspended with fishing line in front of a black backdrop (in this case felt gaffer taped to the wall).  See the quick set up photo for positioning.

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Camera was the EOS 5D Mark II with 70-200mm lens, shot straight into Lightroom. The camera was set to ISO200, f8 and 1/200. The upper softbox had a 550ex @ 1/8 power, the softbox on the right had an 540ez @ 1/16 and an optic slave. Strobes were triggered with Elinchrom Skyport RF triggers. And I had a silver reflector underneath – it’s a very handy 5-in-1 collapsable reflector. Processing was pretty basic – black adjustment in Lightroom, then into Photoshop where I cloned out the fishing line, touched up a couple of little dirt smudges on the glasses (because I forgot to clean them properly before the shot), and used a colour burn gradient layer to get the lens looking right. And that was it.

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  1. Good idea Rolands. I'll see what I can dig up – I've got plenty of external hard drives in my office, so I could shoot one of them and make a tutorial out of it. You could use a similar setup to what I've got in this post, or replace the softboxes with umbrellas or some other kind of light modifier. .

  2. Good idea Rolands. I'll see what I can dig up – I've got plenty of external hard drives in my office, so I could shoot one of them and make a tutorial out of it. You could use a similar setup to what I've got in this post, or replace the softboxes with umbrellas or some other kind of light modifier. .

  3. Saved to bookmarks. What would make me very happy, if you could one day show a set up how to get best pictures for product photos. I am in real life selling networking hardware, and those what our factory gives me to show customers are ugly, and I have the idea grab the camera and all necessary items needed and stay in China for several weeks to make those photos. The product is like networking switch, router, etc – this kind of things. I understand that, there are rules how to make a good product photo for food, for candlesticks, for toys and for equipment of such type. And setups may vary. Such post would be very useful not only for me, as you might imagine Taiwan is such an IT hub, that IT product photos making tutorial might get very popular not just for me.

  4. Saved to bookmarks. What would make me very happy, if you could one day show a set up how to get best pictures for product photos. I am in real life selling networking hardware, and those what our factory gives me to show customers are ugly, and I have the idea grab the camera and all necessary items needed and stay in China for several weeks to make those photos. The product is like networking switch, router, etc – this kind of things. I understand that, there are rules how to make a good product photo for food, for candlesticks, for toys and for equipment of such type. And setups may vary. Such post would be very useful not only for me, as you might imagine Taiwan is such an IT hub, that IT product photos making tutorial might get very popular not just for me.