New lighting set-up

I’ve been tinkering a bit of late, so I thought I’d post a few shots taken with what may prove to be my default set-up. This consists of:

  • 1 x Speedlite 580EXII, used on camera (but bounced) and the trigger for
  • 2 x Bowens Esprit 500 studio heads

The flash was set to manual and used on 1/4 power, with the flash heads on 1/2 and full power respectively. The camera was also on manual, set to f/22, 1/200sec and ISO 200; I didn’t meter it but a couple of test shots left me happy. This is what it looked like…

And these are the shots taken today, with just a little sharpening and vignetting in Photoshop…

Feel free to post your thoughts, if any.

2 thoughts on “New lighting set-up

  1. Thanks for sharing your setup. I’m curious what do you use to prop the watches up or hold it in shape?

    I’m starting to dabble into watch photography so your tips will be really useful. Thanks!

    • Hi Simon. I use all sorts of things, depending on the type of watch and the overall “look” I’m after. Generally, though, I expose the shot such that there’s little focus on the props and often they tend to fade out to near black (as you may have noticed 🙂 ).

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