Product photography

Product photography at the studio

A few weeks ago we were contacted by a client that needed photographs of a few security products like radios and similar.
The objects were quite small and made out of black plastic except for a couple of parts like the earbuds and some other metal bits.

The challenge was to show off the products very close and in details. We decided to use a macro lens as this was the best option to get very close for such small objects. The chosen lens was the Nikon AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens

This is a superb lens. We use it often at the studio not only for macro photography but also for portraits/headshots. It is very sharp.

After choosing the lens the second step was to setup the lighting in a way we didn’t have to everything for each object. We discussed this with the client and opted for a modern look on almost white background and soft shadows. The objects were placed on a frosted perspex to get a tiny amount of reflections at the base.

The lighting setup is illustrated below:

Product photography light setup

Product photography light setup


We were pretty happy with this setup so we shot all the photos (over 20) without moving the lights once in position.

As you can see above we used quite a few Elinchrom lights including 2 of the new Elinchrom ELC Pro HD . We used many light modifiers including a beauty dish with diffuser on, 2 stripboxes, a small softbox and also used a 5in1 reflector as a diffuser. This is the same equipment you can use when hiring the studio!


Below are some of the photos we took.