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So i decided to do this again after attending Alex's workshop the past week. Used what i learn for another attempt at a tricky subject. It's so hard to control the reflections, i've done all i can and i just can't figure out a couple of dark spots on the rim. I have no idea what's causing it and kinda gave up, this is what i came up with so far. C&C? (Yes, i know the watch is semi-dirty/ scuffed)


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The detail in the face of the watch is awesome. I don't shoot product photography but I will throw a stab out there. Maybe try winding the watch to a time that would allow you to see the full "Rolex" name. Say 11:20 or something similar.

Then because of the shape of this particular object, you will probably need two lights. I just don't see how you can position one small light (strobe) and get detail in the face as well as the inside of the band. If you have a 2x2 EZ Box or similar defuser, try getting the light higher as to provide light on the face and the inside of the band.

To polish it off, grab a $1.25 piece of foam board from Hobby Lobby. When you shoot from a low angle you should be able to catch some reflection bouncing off the front of the face onto the foam board. This will add to the depth of the photography and draw the viewer in. After all, this is a marketing piece and you want to hold attention as long as possible.

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your lighting is a bit off, for stock product shots you want to try to keep a 1:1 ratio in lighting and lots of DOF (which you did pretty good on). if you are doing a artistic shot then ignore this.

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The detail in the face of the watch is awesome. I don't shoot product photography but I will throw a stab out there. Maybe try winding the watch to a time that would allow you to see the full "Rolex" name. Say 11:20 or something similar.

To polish it off, grab a $1.25 piece of foam board from Hobby Lobby. When you shoot from a low angle you should be able to catch some reflection bouncing off the front of the face onto the foam board. This will add to the depth of the photography and draw the viewer in. After all, this is a marketing piece and you want to hold attention as long as possible.

GL
dont ask me why but most product shots which include a time is set at 10:10 and dont bother with capturing a real reflection. just add it in in post.
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Good tips.

I'll have to look up the 10:10 config. Would hate to one day quote a job and sound like a newb for know knowing the 10:10 config!

Agreed, more DOF would make the images stronger.
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Don't shoot watches with a magnifying crystal over the date at that angle.

Here are some product shots from our neighbor upstairs' place:

http://www.marshallpierce.com/?page=watch

They're probably the biggest luxury timepiece retailer in the city, and both their store layout and advertising are incredible.
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i like the link you posted about the class that is pretty cool
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are their time pieces shot in house?
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are their time pieces shot in house?
Very few, if any, I would imagine.
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The detail in the face of the watch is awesome. I don't shoot product photography but I will throw a stab out there. Maybe try winding the watch to a time that would allow you to see the full "Rolex" name. Say 11:20 or something similar.

Then because of the shape of this particular object, you will probably need two lights. I just don't see how you can position one small light (strobe) and get detail in the face as well as the inside of the band. If you have a 2x2 EZ Box or similar defuser, try getting the light higher as to provide light on the face and the inside of the band.

To polish it off, grab a $1.25 piece of foam board from Hobby Lobby. When you shoot from a low angle you should be able to catch some reflection bouncing off the front of the face onto the foam board. This will add to the depth of the photography and draw the viewer in. After all, this is a marketing piece and you want to hold attention as long as possible.

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Thanks for the input. The shot that i took was actually lit with 4 lights. I have a 24x36 softbox overhead, a gridded strip box on left, a 10º honeycomb grid lite on cam right and a gridded lite for the face dial. with white foam all around trying to kill off the distracting reflections and a white diffusion cloth wrap around the entire setup with just the camera lens poking thru.


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your lighting is a bit off, for stock product shots you want to try to keep a 1:1 ratio in lighting and lots of DOF (which you did pretty good on). if you are doing a artistic shot then ignore this.



dont ask me why but most product shots which include a time is set at 10:10 and dont bother with capturing a real reflection. just add it in in post.
It's not artistic, just trying to get it look good in camera, Tho i have to admit the lighting is definitely not at 1:1 ratio. Alex actually did tell me that for watches/ time pieces, the watch should be at 10:10. But it totally slipped my mind.

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Don't shoot watches with a magnifying crystal over the date at that angle.

Here are some product shots from our neighbor upstairs' place:

http://www.marshallpierce.com/?page=watch

They're probably the biggest luxury timepiece retailer in the city, and both their store layout and advertising are incredible.
Very nice link. Thank you! And great stuff in there too, I guess i need to shoot head-on to keep the magnifying crystal over the date readout.

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i like the link you posted about the class that is pretty cool
Great workshop, the guy definitely knows his stuff, what he is most famous for is probably his water/liquid photography.

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are their time pieces shot in house?
The one in Alex's blog? It was shot at the workshop, one of the guys just took it off and was like here.. take a picture of this. He did that shot in less then 30 mins.
    
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