In product photography, like in art, some subjects are more elusive than others. While many products shine under the camera’s lens, others pose quite a challenge, even for seasoned photographers. Here are 15 such products that often require a little extra finesse and patience to capture just right.
The reflective nature of mirrors can create unintended reflections, making them a notorious challenge. Photographers often find themselves or their equipment accidentally captured in the shot.
The small size and intricate details of jewelry, especially when they shimmer, can be hard to photograph. Achieving the right sparkle without overexposing the shot is a delicate balance.
Whether it’s a wine glass or a vase, the transparency of glass can cause unwanted reflections or make the product seem almost invisible against certain backgrounds. A photographer must take into consideration the setting in which the glass will be placed for it to stand out in the final image.
Much like jewelry, the reflective surfaces and intricate details of watches demand precision and careful lighting. The goal is to capture every characteristic and angle to show the craftsmanship of the timepiece.
Capturing the texture and consistency of liquids, especially those in transparent containers, can be tricky. Consequently, successfully photographing a perfume or a clear beverage will require some advanced skills and prior experience working with liquids.
Achieving differentiation between a white product and a white backdrop is an art in itself. This requires meticulous lighting for the item to stand out against the white background.
Holographic products, like particular makeup palettes or stickers, change appearance based on the angle of light, making consistency a challenge. Nail polish, for example, can look different depending on the lighting and angle of the nails.
Fabrics like silk or lace, with their intricate patterns and soft textures, can be challenging to capture as they genuinely appear in real life. These fabrics tend to reflect light in unexpected ways and are susceptible to wrinkling or distortion.
Achieving true-to-color shots for products like foundations or lipsticks, which come in multiple shades, is challenging because lighting conditions can significantly affect the appearance of colors. As a result, a photographer must use the proper lighting setup and color calibration tools to accurately capture the colors of the products.
Whether it’s a plush toy or a faux fur coat, getting the texture and appearance of fur just right is not a walk in the park. The varying lengths, colors, and details of fur can easily be lost or misrepresented with bad lighting and angles, making it incredibly challenging for even the most skilled photographer.
Ice cream, for instance, melts quickly, giving photographers a short window to get the perfect shot. Similarly, fresh salads can wilt, chocolate can lose its glossy sheen, and pastries may sag or deflate, all of which demand rapid yet attentive photography.
Items like digital clocks or calculators can be difficult due to their screens either being too bright or too dim. Photographers must use special techniques and settings to balance the luminosity. Additionally, capturing the display without reflections or glare requires an ideal studio environment and accurate positioning.
Similar to glass, but with a different kind of sheen. Products like clear plastic storage boxes or containers can create light distortions. These distortions can obscure the product’s details, making it necessary for photographers to adjust lighting angles and use diffusers to achieve clarity and avoid unwanted reflections.
The detail and cuts of stones can either create brilliant reflections or look dull, depending on the lighting. Therefore, having an in-depth knowledge of lighting techniques is imperative for any photographer working with these items.
Photographing high-gloss footwear, especially dark-colored shoes, can go in two directions. The shine can intensify the product’s appearance or completely ruin the shot if the glow is overpowering.
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