How to Light for Close Up Product Shots & Reviews | Poris Radio - VIDEO

How to Light for Close Up Product Shots & Reviews

Share it with your friends Like

Thanks! Share it with your friends!

or copy the link

How do I shoot a close-up product video with a white background? Here are the basics on how I do it. The biggest secret is to soften the light by shooting it through an umbrella or similar scrim (such as the type included in a 5-in-1 reflector.

If you’d like to improve your sound recording skills for film, please have a look at our Sound Recording for Video course over at http://school.learnlightandsound.com

Visit us at http://learnlightandsound.com for more updates on how to improve your lighting and sound for video. Also be sure to subscribe to get new weekly episodes!

Gear mentioned in or used to record this episode:


Foamcore Poster Board (see your local art supply store for larger pieces)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/28VH964


Spring Clamps (to hold the foamcore in place on the table)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/28VGWQm


Impact Century Stand with turtle base

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1UTNaPI

B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/850444-REG/Impact_ls_ct40mbk_Turtle_Base_C_Stand_Kit.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/IMLSCT40MBK/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xIMLSCT40MBK


Aputure Light Storm COB 120t LED Light (This was the key light I used to shoot this video)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ZXPoix

B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1257043-REG/aputure_lsc120tv_lightstorm_cob120_v_mount_light.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/APLSC120TV/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xAPLSC120TV


Umbrella (Shoot through for Soft Light – Great for Interview or Talking Head) Westcott

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1tpnh1M

B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/63318-REG/Westcott_2005_Umbrella_Optical_White_45.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/WEU45W/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xWEU45W


5-in-1 Reflector (you can use this instead of the umbrella by shooting the light through this and using a spring clamp to attach it to a light stand)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/28TLkvZ

B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/501357-REG/Westcott_301_5_in_1_Reflector_Disc.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/WER5140.5/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xWER5140.5


Aputure Light Storm LS1s LED Panel Lights (Used on background and rim lights for this video)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1UeNZAc

B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1172653-REG/aputure_ls1sv_light_storm_ls_1s.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/APLS1SV/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xAPLS1SV


Sanken COS-11D Lavalier Microphone

Amazon: http://amzn.to/24UXw4I

B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/606469-REG/Sanken_COS_11D_PT_BK_EW_COS_11XPT_Omnidirectional_Lavalier_Microphone.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/SAC11WNSETRB/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xSAC11WNSETRB


RODELink Wireless Lavalier Microphone Kit

Amazon: http://amzn.to/28Tgfur

B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1115091-REG/rode_rodlnk_fm_rodelink_wireless_filmmaker_kit.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/RORODLNKFM/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xRORODLNKFM


Copyright 2016 by Curtis Judd

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don’t pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!


No Copyright Land says:

Great video, love those unboxing! thumbs up for this one 😀

Kevin Conder says:

Thanks for the info! I have a cheap lighting kit with umbrellas and I hadn't thought about using them like this.

Do you have any thoughts about using a light box? Here's an article about making a DIY version.


How i do Live Product Shots for agency advertising.


Brave Heart says:

If you use an umbrella upside down in the rain it becomes a bucket. Until it becomes a waterfall. Then you get very wet.

PHILM says:

What cstand do you use to hold up the Aputure 120t?

ChaoticMatters says:

I think my favorite thing about this is the borders. I used to try to stay behind the camera while I did stuff lol

1Life says:

Hi, great video btw! I have a canon eos t5i and tried shooting a video indoors with 2 4000k white lights, but the video ends up with so much noise. It was on auto settings so i then switched it to manual. On manual i had it on 1/50 and f4 with the iso on 200 but it was too dark so i switched to 400. There is still noise and i do not know how to fix it. I searched it up on google and watched videos but nothing helped. If you can please help I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

DutchBallerz says:

real useful!

john erwin says:

Great video and that is exactly how we do it but with white cardboard all around which is the box and a open  top and with the light above and we made the boom out of pvc. This is useful when selling things on e-bay and they can see the product perfectly.

Jason Rushing says:

What camera are you using for demonstration purpose? Ive not seen that feature in my nikons video mode, either your camera is a step or 2 up from what ive got or I haven't found that. I got a d7000

Terranscapes says:

Another really useful video. Thanks! 🙂

UpHill Cinema says:

Well done sir!

rujakandroid says:

why theres plactic covering youre wall? is that for sound not bouncing around?

Lyle Cameron says:

Great job, as usual. Question: What screen shot software do you use for your videos and is it for PC & Mac? Thanks !

Shaka says:

Awesome video. Thank you! Slightly off topic, but what do you put in your sand bags (if other than sand)?

Write a comment