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Tabletop Photography Fundamentals

with Andrew Scrivani

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About The Class

professional product photography.

You don’t need a studio to take professional-grade product and still life photographs! All you need is a simple tabletop lighting setup. In this course, award-winning food photographer Andrew Scrivani will show you how to create and tailor your own table top lighting setup — on any budget. Whether you’re a beginning photographer looking to master lighting or a professional photographer eager to expand your services, this course will give you a candid, comprehensive playbook for tabletop lighting.

Tabletop photography transforms a single surface into a small-scale studio. Andrew, a regular contributor to The New York Times, will show you how to create and then optimize your lighting setup for your needs — using everything from the latest gear to household items. Andrew will cover metering and bounce cards, working with strobes and soft boxes, LED lighting, and tips for shooting glassware and other tricky products.

By the end of this course, you will know how to set up and adjust your very own tabletop studio — and how to use that small-scale studio to expand your services, improve your photography, and market your business.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Course Overview

    13:54
  2. 02

    Daylight for Product Photography

    22:05
  3. 03

    Daylight Examples

    34:19
  4. 04

    Shoot: Daylight Lighting - Tote Bag

    31:38
  5. 05

    Shoot: Daylight Lighting - Tea Towel

    18:53
  6. 06

    Shoot: Daylight and Augmented Daylight

    14:16
  7. 07

    Free Preview: No Budget DIY Tools

    Andrew demonstrates how low-budget DIY lighting tools can be used to produce great product photography.

    22:42
  8. 08

    Shoot: No Budget Set-up

    16:10
  9. 09

    Shoot: Black Plexi - Headphone Experiments

    18:21
  10. 10

    Shoot: Experiments Continued

    21:29
  11. 11

    Shoot: Light Tent - Jewelry

    22:49
  12. 12

    Shoot: Light Tent - Creative Backdrops

    18:19
  13. 13

    Shoot: Jewelry Experiments

    37:21
  14. 14

    Equipment Overview

    45:35
  15. 15

    Shoot: Art Work Basics

    31:46
  16. 16

    Shoot: Single Strobe - Cheese Grater

    26:53
  17. 17

    Shoot: Single Strobe - Round Grater

    19:34
  18. 18

    Shoot: 2 Lights - Round Grater

    19:10
  19. 19

    Shoot: Hot Lights - Glass Vase

    30:24
  20. 20

    Shoot: Hot Lights - Crystal Glasses

    15:18
  21. 21

    Shoot: Single Light - Clear Objects

    31:18
  22. 22

    Shoot: Camera Bag - Stills

    20:25
  23. 23

    Shoot: Camera Bag - Video

    16:32
  24. 24

    Shoot: Knife - Stills and Video

    19:54
  25. 25

    Shoot: Styling a Cookbook

    43:53
  26. 26

    Shoot: Styling a Cookbook Continued

    31:16
  27. 27

    Shoot: Low End Set-up for Jewelry

    23:52
  28. 28

    Shoot: Low End Set-up for Jewelry Continued

    43:55
  29. 29

    Shoot: Textiles - Baby Clothes

    33:44
  30. 30

    Shoot: Textiles - Hankies

    21:53
  31. 31

    Shoot: Hankies - Vertical

    20:40
  32. 32

    Shoot: Group One

    29:29
  33. 33

    Shoot: Group Two

    40:23

Meet Your Expert

Andrew Scrivani

Andrew is a photographer, director and producer who has worked on editorial, publishing, advertising, content creation, documentary and feature film projects. He is also an internationally recognized workshop instructor and author and columnist on the subject of visuals.  ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    January 2018

    I was pleased to see real life situations and set ups, their work arounds and the little fiddly things all commercial/product photographers go through to produce a viable shot. Unlike some of the other reviews, the "oops, it didn't work, let's try this instead" was totally real world and believable. So many times on other teaching venues, the shot is already set up and perfected before the instruction begins. It was extremely helpful to watch the processes that were involved in producing the correct captures. I was impressed with the humor and teaching style as well, especially for the time constraints in a classroom setting. The student set-ups and critiques were valuable and spot on without being negative in any way. All-in-all this was one of the best classes I've viewed at Creative Live. I just wish I could have had three more days and to have been there in person for the one-on-one instruction.

  • Ernst

    July 2018

    Thank you Andrew. Great class. Learned a lot. Great instructor. Only wish there were more segments using flash rather than the very expensive gear. But, the principles are the same.

  • Aly Cupcakezz

    August 2016

    I really liked how things were experimented. Instead of just giving do x, y, z. It shows you how to correct issues as they come up, and how to enhance your photography This gives you a guided idea of all the things you can play with to perfect your product photography image. You really learn how to fix the image problems as they appear in front of you. A very realistic way to create your own personal lighting setup for your product photos for your own studio space. Excellent fundamentals class for new photographers or small businesses attempting to do their own product photography. Thank you!

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