The hypothetical client was an upscale local boutique. The campaign was featuring high-heeled women's shoes. It was important to show texture; height of heel; shape of toe; and finally, possibly the insole. As with most of our recent assignments, this is easier said than done.
This was shot on clear plexiglass over black paper.
I wasn't kidding when I said that this was easier said than done. Here's the lighting set-up:
- 1 Godox SK-300 strobe with soft-box. Large scrim in front. In slave mode.
- 1 Godox SK-300 strobe with hood. Small scrim mounted on a light stand in front. In slave mode.
- 2 white reflector cards.
- Yongnuo YN-685 speed light, mounted on a tripod. Blue gel taped to the head, with parchment paper over that. This was aimed at a Studio Grey back drop. Phottix wireless flash triggers were used, to fire it.
Post-processing was a bit more straight-forward. This was cropped in LR. Also, saturation adjustment for the blue spray light. Photoshop was used for cloning and healing, plus a levels adjustment and mask, to lighten only the shoes a bit more.
My instructor loved it, describing it as a portfolio-quality shot.
I had a lot of fun with this, both during the shoot and during post-processing. Ain't it amazing what you can do with a pair of cheap second-hand shoes, purchased at a local thrift store?
Thanks for looking, everyone.