Shooting Women’s Shoes
Photograph some high heel shoes? How hard can that be? I immediately called my fashion-conscious daughter to provide a selection of her favourite heels. I soon realised the design and construction of shoes present a far more complex subject than I had anticipated. The intricate combination of shape, line, curves, and material pose a demanding but ultimately fascinating challenge.
To get the image looking just right, required a more complicated lighting set-up then I would typically use. Introducing a number of speedlites to complement the studio strobes is a great way to add and quickly adjust the fine details with a wink of low-powered light as required.
Adding a splash, introduced a few new challenges. As a glass tank reflects, it’s no longer an easy process to place a light. Also, it was crucial not to water damage these expensive shoes. Problem solving hat on…
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