Product photography Efva Attling necklace with BTS shots

This time out I wanted to create an image that portrayed the beauty of an Efva Attling necklace in a sophisticated and elegant way. 

This is the final result:

So how did I go about it? Read on to find out! 

I wanted a nice matte black background and I wanted a very focused beam on light on the necklace and some light behind the box to give a more sense of depth to the shot. 

The bts shot and setup I as follows 

A Nissan DI700 speedlight on camera left held close and so as to give a rectangular focused beam infront and behind the box. 

I also used a white piece of paper to fill in some shadows on camera right to get the right look I was after. 

Camera was on a sturdy Benro tripod and set to self timer so that I could adjust the speedlight and white fill paper accordingly. 

So there you go, enjoy yourselves and keep pressing that shutter!

How to shoot your own headshot

First try to come up with a concept that suits your intended use of the headshot. 

For this shot, my concept was to have a nice transition of light to shadow but still maintaining detail in those shadow areas. The aim is to have a degree of drama to make it more interesting for the viewer.  

I believe in the power of the eyes in every portrait or headshot I take. The eyes portray emotions and should be lit in a way as to emphasize that emotion. 

This is the resulting image

So how did I set it up?

I used two lightstands, a Godox 60x60cm softbox with a Nissin DI700 speedlight a sturdy Benro tripod and my Canon 70-200 L 4. This lens is perfect for studio portrait work and produces great color and contrast. The telephoto effect is also very flattering for the subject as opposed to a wide angle that distorts the subject’s features. 

I set up my 60D on the tripod, set up a light stand where I was supposed to stand and raised the stand to my eye level. I could then manually focus on the top of the light stand and know my focus was spot on. 

I tested my exposure and settled on a setting that best matched my vision. Now I needed an extra punch with my softbox. I set that up with two diffusion materials to get as soft light as possible. I set the softbox just out of frame, did some test shots until I found the right power setting and then just turned on the 10sec timer and stood right where I had prefocused and fired away. 

So there you go, enjoy yourselves and keep pressing that shutter!