Images copyright David Bredan
If you take the time to explore the Profoto website, you'll uncover some remarkable content, and in all shapes and sizes including videos and posts. I stumbled upon this article by David Bredan. He shared five excellent tips about photographing watches, but I wanted to make it more. What he's really done is give us a formula for great macro images and each photograph he shared was outstanding.
So many of you, especially wedding photographers need help with your macro work. While David's article is very specific to photographing watches, there's still a lot of relevant content in each of his five tips.
From tips of "Know Your Watches" to "Know Your Gear" and on to the environment, light and on-camera flash, David's recipe has relevance to other subject matter. For example, for wedding photographers, ring shots are your most common challenge, but there are also detail photographs that add to your storytelling and the album.
And for those of you who are thinking that it's just not the same because David's working in a controlled environment you still need to understand exposure and composition. You've got the same goal, to produce a finished product that exceeds client expectations.
David shared some solid advice in the first section of his article: "...after having shot over 80,000 watch images just over the last four years of using my trusted D810 that's been recently complemented by a Profoto A1 – is to spend as much time taking pictures of as many watches as you can..." You've got to do the same by practicing and developing your macro skills on rings, cake knives, jewelry and yes, watches. Every wedding is unique, and with each client, different items become an essential part of their story.
Profoto is always focused on manufacturing the very best products, but like David, they're also focused on helping you produce results that demonstrate your skill set and understanding of great lighting technique. Finding the Profoto dealer or rental house nearest you is just a click away. Isn't it time you found out what all the buzz is about?
Click on either of David's images above to visit the aBlogtoWatch website. There's a lot of stunning product photography shared.
I am David Bredan, Senior Editor of aBlogtoWatch. During my seven or so years in the watch industry I have had the privilege of taking tens of thousands of pictures of some of the most beautiful and fascinating timepieces produced in Switzerland, Germany, Japan and Hungary, even. Today, I would love to share with you my five watch photography tips that I hope will help make it easier and more efficient for you to capture the beauty, style and finely engineered details of your favorite timepieces. Let us begin!
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