Don’t you just love it when a simple setup yields stellar results?
I get such a dopamine buzz when a shot is dialed and everyone on set is stoked about it. Sometimes there are so many circumstances working against you that need to be overcome to make an acceptable image. Other times things just sort of fall into place and it feels almost effortless. (Although it’s never completely without effort)
A big part of that feeling comes down to the location and production design. If you’re in a cool location with @maggie_gulasey channeling her inner Lara Croft; it doesn’t really take much to make it look great with lighting. Hate to break it to you nerds out there, but what’s in front of the lens is more important than what camera you’re shooting with 🤓
I really like using a soft overhead key light for product shots. It’s an easy way to get smooth and beautiful highlights across the subject. It can also make things look more badass. So it was an obvious starting point for this setup.
An Aputure 600D with the Lightdome 150 and control grid on a menace arm overhead for our key light, and two 300Xs acted as a 3/4 back edge.
That’s it! Easy breezy.
Tyler Kaschke is a freelance gaffer with a grip truck based in Lafayette, Colorado serving Boulder, Denver, Golden, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountain region at large.