PRODUCT PICTURE TIPS - CREATE GRADIENT EFFECT WITH A "DIY" DIFFUSER
Diffuser is an effective item in providing a more polished and attractive feeling in product photography. TRON will reveal to you how to make a very easy light spreader right here!
Understanding the light sources from supporting equipment will be very important when taking product photos if your photos must show the clearest material to customers. For example, when the product you take is glass, you must describe the "standard" material through the photo as glass, not misleading the customer as plastic, mica or other material. In today's post, TRON HOUSE will show you a simple way to create a DIY diffuser. In particular, this is a device that is used a lot in close-up shots of items with high gloss. Let's explore with TRON now!
IS GRADIENT EFFECT OF PRODUCTS NEEDED?
Maybe you are looking to make a set of photos with products whose surfaces are glossy materials such as glass, metal, jewelry, etc. To make the product photography process more professional, think right down to the gradient effect. This is a highly effective light in effectively conveying to customers or viewers the product's material and shape, but it also gives a more "smooth" feeling in the transition areas of the light. This effect will make your image become a creative design, more attractive and interesting.
Surely, many photographers have different "recipes" to be able to create a gradient effect. In the next part, TRON will show you how to make a "made by you" light plate to easily create a gradient effect right in your studio.
MATERIAL AND STEPS FOR PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY
It's not too difficult to manually make a diffuser to add to your own product photography kit, especially, we will need to prepare the following materials:
- A sheet of white material (foam sheet, white cover, forms, ...) with the appropriate size for the product you need to photograph;
- A sheet of light-dissipating paper, either plastic or tracing paper, can be used;
- A paper-knife;
- Step 1: use a paper cutter to cut the whiteboard along the C-Shaped line so that during the shooting process, it can be held, held or attached to the stand most conveniently;
- Step 2: Attach the white card you cut in step 1 and the luminous paper together so that it fits perfectly;
- Step 3: Take a pin to press the white card and diffuser to keep it in place.
TUTORIAL TO IMAGE GRADIENT EFFECT PRODUCTS WITH DIY DIFFUSER
In this section, TRON HOUSE will guide you through taking photos of glass products with homemade diffusers to create a gradient effect with just one flash.
Specifically, the product will be a glass wine bottle mounted on a stand, behind a black background in a dark space, and using a 20×90 Stripbox mounted flash. You should pay attention in this case, use a guided flash to help you understand how the light of the lamp will affect the glass wine bottle. This also makes it easy to adjust how to achieve the most pleasing and beautiful effect.
First, you place the flash directly to the right, slightly to the back of the product. As you can see, the light will appear on the body of the wine bottle "quite harsh" and form a light streak along the body of the product.
To create a gradient effect for this area of light, use the diffuser that you just made in front of the flash. Immediately, the strong light streak along the body of the bottle will turn into a smoother gradient area. If you are not satisfied, you can adjust the flash and light spreader accordingly to create the most eye-catching effect.
The last thing, you put the reflector on the opposite side to help make the product stand out and create effects for both sides. On the other hand, you should also note that the reflector should be placed at an ideal distance so that the viewer can see that the light from the left is the main light source, from which the light for product photography will have the correct direction and most reasonable.
In short, no matter how expensive your equipment is, it is important that we are knowledgeable and proficient in how to use light, along with our own creativity to create a set of “worthwhile” product photos that are convenient for promotion in the brand's marketing campaign.
Thus, with a few simple steps that TRON HOUSE suggested, we already have a light spreader to create a Gradient effect that increases attraction during product photography. Hope you will create the most satisfactory set of photos!