Lighting for Lamps | Spokane Commercial Photographer

The first part of the week was spent photographing some really unique pieces for a local artist I've mentioned a few times on the blog in the past. All the textures, raw materials, and varying finishes makes these pieces fun to shoot. The client wanted solid white background, so my job was to create shape and texture through lighting, really showing the viewer (and potential buyers) what these things were made of.

I used Rosco 3008 diffusion material lit from the right as my main light source, flagging the light from the background.  I added a little kicker from rear left through a smaller piece of 3008 attached to a Matthews blade diffusion frame to help give a rounded shape to these globes. I also used a piece of foam core near the camera to bounce a little light back into the face of the lamps, brining up the shadow values just a tad. Finally, a 20" beauty dish illuminated the back (white) wall giving me the pure white background the client required. I made sure the entire set was far enough away from the wall so I didn't get any light bleed onto my subject (bouncing off the back wall).

Nikon D800, Nikon 50mm f/1.4 @ f/11, ISO 100, 1/200sec