Each new DSLR Photography Lesson with Karin we add a little to the complexity of product shot we practice. This time we needed a setup much larger than that for the pillows we previously photographed. After some office space rearranging we used all three of her continuous lights for getting only the wanted shadows on a large, stuffed chair to be photographed for use in her website catalog. This was surprisingly easy as the strobist techniques for photographing people largely apply to continuous light product photography as well.
Karin now has all the photography tools to make product photography like this very simple with no mess, no fuss. Putting her new Nikon D5100 on a tripod, attaching the cable release and using Live View mode to see the image right on the back on the camera, plus using continuous lighting, means once we got all settings locked in and all lights positioned, the settings could be noted on paper and the light positions marked on the floor with tape so that consistent results can be produced shot after shot week after week. This is the benefit of shooting in studio-like conditions.
For our next lesson, we may add tethering to our setup so that the images appear instantly right in Aperture 3 for preview on Karin's MacBook. Exciting!