GoPro Hero2 Product Shot

December 3rd, 2012 by Ken Thorne


So there hasn’t been a post in a REALLY long time.  I thought I’d throw this image up as a learning experience (quick tutorial) for anyone who is  interested in the lighting setup for how to get a shot like this.  I was really bored and decided to attempt a product shot with whatever materials I found sitting on my desk at the time I was working on my computer.  Honestly, this shot didn’t take long to do and it was a learning experience for me.  I think it turned out not too bad considering it was my first real attempt at a product shot.  Comments/suggestions are appreciated.

So let’s get into how this image was created.  Total time to setup, shoot, and edit was maybe 15-20 min.  Camera equipment includes a Canon40D dSLR, Canon 50mm f1.4 lens, and SLIK 504OFII Tripod.  Settings were ISO100, F2.5, 1/8th sec on Manual Mode, Spot Metering.  Lighting includes a laptop computer and LED flashlight.

The GoPro is sitting on the keyboard of my laptop with the screen to the left side of the image.  I simply opened Microsoft Word to a blank white screen as my key light.  I covered the keyboard and background with a black t-shirt to obtain the low key mood for the shot.  The LED separation light was placed around 18 inches behind the GoPro and aimed straight at the camera.

That’s basically all it took, with a few adjustments in Lightroom in order to get the camera to pop a bit more (some contrast and clarity, and some shadow levels adjustments).  I also added a slight gradient to the top part of the image to reduce the distracting reflections in the background.  I probably could have spent a bit more time on this but I think it adds a bit of interest to the background.  The green light in the foreground is lens flare believe it or not and I liked the element of color it added to the final result, so I left it in.

That’s pretty much it.  A product shot from your desk in about 15 minutes.  No studio or expensive equipment required.  Let me know what you think.

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Nantes, France

October 10th, 2011 by natelust

So its been a very long time since my last post but here goes. I recently spent a week at a conference in Nantes France, quite a beautiful city. Though the city has been around for quite some time, and there certainly is historic architecture, it is also a city very much alive today. With these shots I tried to capture both the classic and modern feel.  For the photos I used my tokina 11-17 for most of the shots as I enjoy the feeling of expanse it conveys. I also made use of HDR for about half the shots as it helped capture the full range that could be seen by eye. With this said I used the most conservative processing to avoid the “oil painting” look, and just compress the dynamic range.


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1st of July Fireworks

July 2nd, 2011 by yogeshsharma

In a city where fireworks come a little early ….

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Lights Over False Creek

February 21st, 2010 by Ken Thorne

A lot of good ones to choose from. Here is one of my favorites.


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A Little Luge Action

February 18th, 2010 by Ken Thorne

I was up at the single man luge event at the winter olympics last weekend in Whistler. This sport is pure insanity, with recent events there attesting to this. Speeds reach 150km/hour or 90miles/hour at the finish line. That said, it would be a thrill to try, at a modest speed anyway. Low light, high speeds, and rain mixed with snow made for a challenging shoot but it was a total adrenaline rush trying to pan with these guys! You can get right in there next to the track. The speed and sound of the sled was incredible. Canon EOS 40D body, 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS, and 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lenses used.


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A different, or typical christmas.

December 29th, 2009 by Tom Laveuf

I hope everyone had a pleasant Christmas. =) and that you had it just as you had hoped.

I spent christmas eve, and the weekend that follows it in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Not the greatest snowboarding by any stretch of the term, but family time in the snow is always extra special. =)

We got hit by a bad ice storm, trees and huge branches down everywhere, everything covered in ice. 20 degrees at power for 2 days, twas interesting to say the least. I had never experienced anything like it. I did however feel inspired by the scenery so towards the end of the storm, when it was just drizzling and still looked bad enough, i took my very brave Canon friend and went walking. here is what i got. =)

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Vancouver Scenes

September 10th, 2009 by Ken Thorne

Here are some night shots I took some time ago during a still summer evening. Ever since the reflections challenge awhile back I have wanted to shoot the night pano but never got to it. Most pictures were taken with the 50mm 1.4. Not sure why the resolution is compromised in some of the uploaded images though.


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Milky Way over Santa Barbara

August 25th, 2009 by paulgardner

So here is another night shot. I have been camping almost every weekend this month so I have had lots of great opportunities to be under dark skies and shoot night shots. This one was from a place called Lake Cachuma, which is just north of Santa Barbara. Specs are 30 seconds, ISO3200, f/4. The Milky Way was so bright and beautiful that I decided to go with a shorter exposure to capture the stars in place instead of with trails. It really captures the intricate structure of the Galaxy.

Milky Way

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Hi vs Lo

August 17th, 2009 by paulgardner

Here is a comparison of a high ISO night shot and a low ISO night shot.

Shot 1: Nikon D3, 24mm, f/5, ISO 25,600…..yes 25,600 HI+2 on the D3, 10 seconds

Shot 2: Nikon D3, 24mm, f/6.3, ISO 400, 30 minutes

ISO 25,600ISO 400

I typically use the high ISO with the short exposures for framing and focus at night. Up in the woods like this there is so little light that you usually cant see what you are shooting. The big thing to remember is to reset the ISO once you have framed. I have made that mistake more than once, it really ruins the night when you waste an hour on a single shot.

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Stars in Sequoia

August 16th, 2009 by paulgardner

I shot this two nights ago in Sequoia National Park. This is looking up one of the very large pines right over our tent. Specs on the shot are Nikon D3, 24-70mm @24mm, f/5, ISO800 for 10 minutes. The tree is lit by our campfire.


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