Dusan Holovej's picture


I did this photo as a personal project for my product shots portfolio. First I had to buid the set. I have used black baking tray from the owen as a base. It had a reflective surface, so I put a black sheet of paper into. Then a placed a rock with the watches in the middle and add some more rocks around it. I added water as the last step. Afterwards I started playing with the light. As a lighting I have used 1 studio strobe with 120x90cm big softbox plus reflector as a diffusion material. The bigest challenge was to eliminate nasty reflection casted from the light on the glass part of watch. I solved this problem by flaging the light with some black foamcore. It worked only on some parts of the glass, so I had to repeate this process on the various part of the watch and then stitch it together in photoshop. All shooting process took part in the kitchen of my flat and I did 130 shots. Postprocessing took me couple of hours where I have combined multiple shots to get the image exactly as I wanted and a lot of cleaning. I cleaned the watch at the begining, but there was still plenty of dust anyway.

nikon d800e
50mm · f/11 · 1/200 · ISO 100
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Liam Atkinson's picture

Great shot and setup description.

Dusan Holovej's picture

Thanks Liam

Bill Peppas's picture

very very very good shot Dusan!

Nicely set up and composed.

Dusan Holovej's picture

Thank you Bill :-)

Carlos Teixeira's picture

There's always dust. Even with canned air, there's always dust. So much dust...
Anyways, great shot.

Dusan Holovej's picture

Exactly, as you said. Tons of dust. Thanks Carlos.