Product Photography: Planning, Setup, Shoot, Post Processing, to Publishing

I show a complete product shoot workflow from planning through publishing. I show how I set up the scene and light the product. For the post-processing portion, I edit the photo in Lightroom and clean it up in Photoshop, including removing the lines that suspend the pen. Finally, I prepare the photo for the Web and publish it.

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  1. Bob Garlick
    January 31, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    I think you missed the fingerprint but a really nice tutorial with some
    great tips.

  2. Joao Afonso
    January 31, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    So great!!! thanx Forrest!!!

  3. TheLeatherChannel
    January 31, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

    Even knowing nothing about photography and not much more about Photoshop,
    it was mesmerizing watching you produce that beautiful image. Thanks

  4. Matt Collins
    January 31, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    430 ex? how did you wire/fire that?
    great vid,thanks, most, helpful

  5. Clipping Mask Asia
    January 31, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    very useful information. It becomes easier for us to do post shot
    processing if the shots are taken properly like this one. 

  6. Graphics Path
    January 31, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    Thank you, Very informative video tutorial. I enjoy it.

  7. FMJFilmMedia
    February 1, 2015 at 12:11 am #

    Very nice job…thanks

  8. odysseus011380
    February 1, 2015 at 1:08 am #

    Excellent. Thank you kindly.

  9. Clipping Path Experts
    February 1, 2015 at 1:37 am #

    Overall Excellent tutorial! I really enjoyed.

  10. Product Photo Canada
    February 1, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    Great! There are many techniques to come up a perfect image and I think you
    showed it all. Thanks

  11. Khaled Taha
    February 1, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    I really appreciate your effort .. valuable information, Thanks Mr Forrest

  12. Shree Vella Wedding Photography - Gold Coast, QLD
    February 1, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    Wow! This was a fantastic tutorial. Thanks so much Forrest :)

  13. Elias Nesser
    February 1, 2015 at 2:34 am #

    A lot of great information here. Thank you!

  14. James Mustard
    February 1, 2015 at 3:26 am #

    Brilliant Thanks!! 

  15. Ghost Mannequin
    February 1, 2015 at 3:50 am #

    Nice video on product photography. I am an post processing expert of
    product photography.

  16. Andrew Gerard
    February 1, 2015 at 3:51 am #

    thanks for this ! great info. Fantastic image. 

  17. Andrew Flores
    February 1, 2015 at 4:19 am #

    Nice tutorial thanks

  18. Josh Harrison
    February 1, 2015 at 4:40 am #

    Great video. How long did this photo take from start to finish not
    including the creation of the tutorial?

  19. ImageZonePhotography
    February 1, 2015 at 5:39 am #

    Nice video and demonstration. However,you didn’t demonstrate how you meter
    a shot like this. It seems that you would not have had the problem with
    the burned out highlight had you metered the shot first. Also, why such a
    long lens? Wouldn’t a 105mm Macro been equally good?

  20. Lenwood young
    February 1, 2015 at 6:20 am #

    Mr. Tanaka,
    What kind of sketching program was that on your i-pad? I loved how you
    showed us the step by step approach from start to finish!

  21. Francesco Pappalardo
    February 1, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    What kind of glass have you used on the table? I’m looking for one like
    this for my still life.

  22. kyle maguire
    February 1, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    Absolutely brilliant tutorial!, I’m only just learning how to use Lightroom
    and Photoshop properly and this tutorial has gave me some great advice :)

  23. Pixelengine
    February 1, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    Very interesting to see your workflow, the median layer trick to get rid of
    all the dust was really great, thanks. 

  24. Kamile Zaleskyte
    February 1, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    You actually should never flatten your PSD-Images… At least that’s the
    thing we always learn (and teach others). So you can always adjust things! 

  25. Alexander Salomon
    February 1, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    this is really a great tutorial, thank you very much