Footwear photography, well I thought I would do a shot of my new pair of shoes before I decided to wreck them by wearing them. What was the thinking behind this shot. Well I wanted to obviously show that they are black, glossy but show the texture of the shoe and I wanted to show the underside of the sole on them, you see part of the attraction of footwear is the sole and we always pick up foot ware and look all around them and look at the underside of the footwear. So when I do footwear photography I like to find all the attractive parts of the footwear and bring them out in a photograph. I always go back to the theory that, the more attractive the photograph the higher price it commands.
This shot was taken with 3 lights and 2 diffusers either side on a perspex/acrylic surface to give a little reflection as well and one from underneath to light up the sole. That sounds like I am preaching … I will light up your sole…. mmmm not the same thing.
So with some adjustment of the power and positioning of the lights to get smooth gradients on the surface and a spell in photoshop we got this shot. I did it on white background so it could be used on the web or in a magazine, plus this could also have the white background removed and put in another background like the interior of a shoe shop slightly blurred out in.
When you do a perfect white background it is a lot easier to remove the white and add whatever background you wish.