|© Nick Fancher | Exif Data: 1/200, f/8; 200mm; 200 ISO|
Your goal, when lighting watches, is to illuminate the face, without getting glares from your strobe or from ambient light.
This is a tricky task.
The tools I am working with a a LumoPro LP160 strobe, silver umbrella and an LP621 mini-boom arm for my stand. The strobe is being triggered by a Radiopopper JRX remote.
As you can see above, I have a piece of cardboard, covered in black cloth, placed on a stool. The light source is about 4-5 feet above the watches.
I then angled the watch faces at a 45 degree angle to the light source.
I turned off the overhead lights, rather than cranking up the flash output to kill the ambient, in order to conserve battery life. However, if I had been shooting a watch with an illuminated display, the only way to capture that would be with a slow shutter speed, so there could be no other competing ambient light.
|© Nick Fancher | Setup: 45 degree angle to the light source|
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