Not only do I shoot architecture, interiors, and some real estate here and there, but I also shoot products.
I wanted to round up some of my favorite watch shots of the past few months (I’ve been shooting a lot of watches lately) and share them here!
The brands below were sent to me from all over the world and I’ve had such a great time shooting them in my home studio. Most were shot with a Tokina 100mm Macro lens mounted on a Nikon D610. Sometimes a 50mm prime or 60mm macro will do, but many of these shots required an extra bit of reach. Throwing an extender on a 50-60 mm lens will give you the reach you desire, but depending on the size (1.4x, 1.7x, 2x), you’ll lose some light and sharpness by adding an extra piece of glass (especially if you’re using a sub-par extender).
The Tokina 100mm macro is extremely sharp, offers plenty of reach, and I can get as open at f/2.8! To get ultra close to a watch face or some other detail, a technique called focus stacking is required. Basically what I’ll do is focus on the part of the watch that is closest to the camera, take a shot, focus a little bit deeper into the watch, take another shot and so on. This process is repeated until the part of the watch furthest away from the camera is in focus. I will then take all of those images (10-20 shots) and “stack” them in software called Helicon Focus. That software combines each sharp part of the image into one final, sharp image.
For props I like to use anything that I think adds to the overall feel of the watch or something that accentuates the design of the watch. Vintage items, antiques, leaves, moss, wood, and simple reflective surfaces are basic props that add tons of interest to a shot.
Take a look!