Podcast #197 : Ambient Light Product Shoot

Just under a year ago, in Episode 151 of this Podcast, we looked at my Speedlite studio lighting, and I gave some tips on how I handle that gear etc. Today we’re going to take a look at a simple way to light products to shoot only with ambient light....

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Forrest Tanaka
    Posted at 01:00h, 01 July Reply

    I was hoping you’d talk about how you took those shots of the book. Didn’t know there were graduated papers like that—I thought that was purely a lighting effect. I’ve been using large art paper, but even the biggest sizes are a bit small.


    A clearly British family was in front of me at the grocery store a few months ago, and their daughter was holding a colorful thing. The cashier asked her what it was, and she replied, “It’s a torch” (in a proper London accent).

    “A what?”

    “It’s a torch.”


  • Landon
    Posted at 05:07h, 01 July Reply

    Was hoping you would shoot the book, cool.
    Got to love gaffer’s tape, would not want to be on a shoot without it!

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 14:07h, 01 July Reply

    Hee hee. I’m kind of localizing this a little bit. My first thought is a torch, but having been outside of the UK for 18 years, it doesn’t come as easily to me as the Japanese, or flashlight. When I think of a torch now, I think of a medieval scene with people in the dark with burning sticks! 🙂

    This graduated paper is cool. I have a number of them, both graduated and plain.

    So, is this what you’d call gaffer’s tape Landon? I have been using this stuff for a while, but never thought of it as gaffer’s tape. I’m learning new words here too. 🙂

  • tlinn
    Posted at 04:25h, 07 July Reply

    Speaking of language and expressions and how they vary across cultures, I should tell you that you used an expression in this podcast that most American men would consider unacceptable. You said, “I have white lace curtains across this window…” In the U.S. we would say, “My wife has white lace curtains across this window…”


    Great podcast!

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 22:00h, 07 July Reply

    This did cross my mind. I hope my foolishness doesn’t alienate too many listeners. 🙂

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