Providing Direction For Lighting

HOW WE APPROACH OUR LIGHTING


Most of our clients allow POW to decide how to light their products to some degree. This gives us the flexibility to pick a lighting style that is suited to the product shape and type.

We light every product differently to try and enhance:

• The texture of the product.
• The shape/dimension of the product.
• The true color of the product.
• Show a clear legible label.

 

Challenges With Lighting


When it comes to lighting, it's not uncommon for a customer to say something like "you're the professionals, you decide".   But complications can arise because what looks good to us might not look good to the customer.  The issue could be technical like the customer is viewing images on an uncalibrated monitor or had expectations in their mind that they weren't able to convey to our Photographers.  

The challenge for most people is lighting in a photo is something that is subliminal and it's not easy to recognize the differences that we as professionals see as obvious.  Studies have shown that typically, a person cannot see the difference between lighting and they will instinctually pick the better one.  

Since we spend 10 - 20 min per product photo lighting and retouching, we want to limit the number of reshoots and try and get it right the first time.  That is why we've provided 4 ways for you to communicate lighting direction to our Photographers.

 

Provide Flexible GUIDANCE FOR LIGHTING


Ways to Provide Lighting Match Example

  1. Request to have us match lighting from a previous order with POW.
  2. Find examples of similar products that have lighting you like on other websites.
  3. Request to have us find a lighting example online that we think you would like.
  4. Let us to decide & waive the right to reshoots based on lighting.

 

Tips For Providing Lighting Examples
If you want to provide you're own match examples, be sure to find images that are similar to your products.  In the example below, if your product is the eye liner and you provide a match image with an eyeliner in a similar packaging and metallic shine, that is helpful.  A "Bad" example on the right is square and transparent and doesn't relate to eyeliner or the packaging.

 

 

RE-SHOOTS BECAUSE OF LIGHTING ARE RARE

We rarely receive requests for re-shoots due to lighting.  Occasionally there are minor adjustments that can be corrected in Photoshop and these are unpaid. Examples of what we can adjust after the fact are darkerning a specific area that was too bright, a specific color was not correct or maybe text was not legible. 


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