Old Scrolls Custom Saber Product Photography
As I’ve been developing my style, I’ve come to really appreciate the ability to shape and direct light within photography. This has quickly become my favorite part of photography, wether it’s manipulating lights during shooting, finding creative solutions working with existing light, or editing photos to emphasize certain areas through brightness or color contrast. I’ve found the most flexibility in manipulating light with small subjects, since it requires less powerful lighting and small adjustments go a really long way. I’ve recently been practicing more and more with product photography as a practical application of my specific style. I have a friend who has begun building a business making custom Star Wars themed lightsaber props, and he is about to get his website up and open to the public. I approached him about taking some photos of his products to display on his website and on his social media accounts. He does a lot of marketing already through Instagram and Facebook, and I thought that having some more professional quality photos might help him reach more people. He agreed and proceeded to ship me several of his products that were nearly finished.
I made sure to do a variety of styles for his photos, including detail shots and themed shots using colored LED lights. I communicated with him throughout the process to make sure I would be meeting his needs. I used a couple of Neewer continuous LED lights, 2 RGB LED wands, and some homemade diffusion and snoots made from shower curtains and aluminum foil respectively. I also used small pieces of paper and a 5-in-1 reflector to bounce and flag light. I’ve included a video demonstrating the very homemade nature of some of my set-ups below:
After I finished, I decided to design a small magazine-style booklet providing a sort of case study that I could show to others in the future who were interested in having me do their product photography. I wanted to have this blog post in order to share the behind the scenes details for those interested, and then something more tangible that I could bring with me and show others in person.
Check out Danny Spencer’s business, Old Scrolls, here.
On a somewhat related note, check out this really unique light painting photography done with a custom “lightsaber” style light.