Give your product photography some sparkle! Try this easy lighting effect at home

(Image credit: Future/ Peter Fenech)
Makeshift gels

You can buy colored gels for your flashes, but sometimes it's much easier (and cheaper) to use colored translucent materials from around the house. Plastic bags, perspex, or in our case, a plastic cup can effectively produce a gelled effect. Watch out for over-saturation as these materials are not balanced specifically for photography. Control intensity with your white balance.

We love product photography, not least because it's so much fun, but also because it calls on (and therefore trains) many photographic skills. If you're feeling in a bit of a creative rut, look for items around the house that you can use as your next subject. Perfume bottles, watches, clocks, tech items and even instruments make fantastic subjects to examine more closely the next time it's raining outside and you're lost for what to photograph.


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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

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