This was an assignment we were given in my product lighting class a while ago in the first few weeks of summer semester. I had many ideas for this assignment, each one involved complicated, weird ideas that took too much away from the simple purpose of the assignment: photograph shoes. So, finally it hit me when I was consulting with a bride-to-be about her wedding that I should shoot bridal shoes for this assignment. It's something I've done before and like to do. Unable to get bridal shoes I went for the idea of it and ended up with a classic-style shoot with the shoes that had pearls, a ring, perfume, flowers and earrings. I really liked how the images turned out. I shot it in the studio at school using three flashes that were off camera and some gels.
I'm starting to fall in love with shooting metal and glass in the studio for my product lighting class. The techniques used to light these objects in the studio are very interesting and fun to do. For instance, when lighting glass it's important to know that glass sees everything and reflects everything. So, how do you fix that? Glass also bends and refracts light when it hits it, so you have to compensate for that as well. Setting up the studio for these projects are half the fun for me because I like creating and building set ups for a shoot. Product lighting is not my forte but I am very much enjoying it.
For my product lighting class we had to take images in the studio of glasses with colored water in them, we had to do an image that displayed cool colors, warm colors, neutral colors and rich colors. It was fun to be back shooting in the studio again and also to be using colored gels that go onto the hot lights to help us create better images using color. Shooting products and doing commercial stuff is not my strong suit so I made sure to put more effort into this assignment as I would for a portrait. I was in the studio for a good 5 hours before I had all the images I needed and was satisfied with my work. These are some of the images that I turned in for the assignment.