The client wanted a simple shot of his custom-made dining room table made from pistachio wood. A standard product shot without any context, not staged or propped with no background or distractions. I used 12' white seamless to accommodate the 7-foot long table. I like to get it all in one shot where possible as I shoot tethered and the client can view the capture immediately on screen.

This setup is where having multiple strobe light actually speeds up the job and creates a convenience for the client. If I only had one or two strobes and had to reposition the lights to another area and do another capture and merge the images in post, the client losses interest and it takes too long. We had several of his products to shoot that day and it would take too long in post production versus getting it all in one capture.

Does it really take 4 lights for a dining room table shot? 
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Kiwi Woodkraft Custom Table 

6/15/2017

The client wanted a simple shot of his custom-made dining room table made from pistachio wood. A standard product shot without any context, not staged or propped with no background or distractions. I used 12' white seamless to accommodate the 7-foot long table. I like to get it all in one shot where possible as I shoot tethered and the client can view the capture immediately on screen.

This setup is where having multiple strobe light actually speeds up the job and creates a convenience for the client. If I only had one or two strobes and had to reposition the lights to another area and do another capture and merge the images in post, the client losses interest and it takes too long. We had several of his products to shoot that day and it would take too long in post production versus getting it all in one capture.

Unretouched image, single capture

With four lights completly lighting the entire table, I am able to capture in a single take.  With the client on set to preview the work via tethered shooting, he does not have to wait to see what it would look like by processing 2-3 captures with a single or two light scenario and then layering in Photoshop. It does create some interesting shadows on the seamless but it is a much better effect to highlight the beautiful wood grain and the dark metal on the legs versus a "flat" lighting scenario.The only work post work need is retouching to clean up marks on the seamless paper and smoothing out a reflection on the paper.