In previous tutorials I described working with light modifiers and fill cards. The subject of this tutorial is combining the information featured in those two tutorials to light a complex still life subject; in this case that subject is an antique Cartier watch. This video shows you how to light such a subject in a step-by-step manner. We will be taking you on a journey that explains specifically why each light and fill card is added to the lighting design to get the effect we are looking for. That being the case, one might even say that this tutorial is an anatomy of a still life photograph.
ERRATA: When creative juices are flowing, things can happen pretty quickly on a still life photography set. So quickly in fact, that it is often difficult to document every single step that happens during the creative process in a video! In the interest of total transparency, just such a situation happened twice (twice!) in the video you are about to view. In one case a second sheet of Set Shop Tough Lux was added to a light on the left side of the set and in the second instance, a single sheet of Set Shop Tough Lux was added to the light mounted on the boom arm before the final image was made. By clicking here you can see two photographs that highlight exactly where these two extra sheets of diffusion material were added because they are pinpointed by red arrows.