Product photography on a larger scale brings its own challenges, not least of all being the space to shoot it! Luckily, we have 6,000 square feet to play with at the studio.
I do a lot of work for Sweet Dreams, who manufacture beds, upholstery and other items. Some of the sofa ranges in particular can take up a large amount of room, and in doing so, require more time, styling and light to get the image the client wants. The above image was a great deal easier to produce. The dining table and chairs were fairly compact, allowing the light sources to be nearer, without impacting on the frame. I used a Lencarta Elite Pro 600Ws frame right, at head height with an output of ¼. It was mated to a gridded 150cm Profold Octa.
A second Elite Pro 600Ws was placed frame left and hard against the wall. This was a little nearer than the one on the right, and had the power output set to 1/8th and firing through another gridded 150cm Profold Octa.
The “sunlight” was provided by an Atom 180 firing at ½ power through a standard reflector (with the diffusion panel removed), at maximum height on a light stand. It was angled down to fire through the “patio door”.
Nikon D3 1/160th sec ISO200 24-70mm f14 @60mm
This is a similar setup lighting wise, although the right Elite Pro is set to ½ output due to the distance. The left Elite Pro is again set to ½ but slightly further away. The sun is provided by a Elite Pro 300Ws set to ¼ and firing through a standard reflector. In this instance, I wanted a slightly softer sunlight, which the larger reflector provided. I wanted to suggest an early morning glow to the room.
Nikon D3 1/200th sec ISO200 24-70mm f6.3 @45mm
This second bed didn’t utilise a “sun”, as I wanted a warmer, late evening look. Elite Pro 600Ws frame right with the same Octa firing at ¼ output. Another Elite Pro 600Ws frame left with another Octa at ¼ output. Both heads are much closer to this bed, hence the lower output. The bedside lamp was lit with a tiny manual speedlight, gel’d with CTO and firing at 1/32nd.
Nikon D3 1/200th sec ISO200 24-70mm f16 @40mm
The fact Lisa knew how the image was required for the catalogue, meant we were shooting to a very accurate brief, and therefore only needed too shoot it once. On previous occasions, I’ve shot for clients who haven’t sorted their catalogues or brochures, and at a later date, had to re-shoot some items because their graphic designer wanted a different layout for the catalogue. More time, and therefore more cost to the client.
I like working with Lisa because it saves my clients time and money!