Photographing an Apple Watch with the Tamron 70-300 F4-5.6 Macro
I've recently had this strong urge to take on some product photography. It's not a topic that's completely uncommon for me, though. In my previous role, I photographed a number of different products ranging from bagels and pastries to plastic bags and barbecue grills. Nevertheless, there's a certain level of fun that comes from photographic glossy surfaces... so my Apple Watch seemed like the perfect starting point.
The setup for the shoot was pretty minimal. My wife and I are currently staying in a 500 square foot studio apartment in Washington, DC, so space is limited. I decided to use a shoot-through umbrella with my Cactus rf60 set up 1/8 power. I used my V6II trigger on my Nikon D800, and of course the Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6. For anyone interested in the settings, here you go: 300mm, f22, 1/125, ISO 200. The watch is sitting on a piece of white foam board with an additional foam board sitting at the top-right of the frame, which acted as a reflector.
I was able to get a few nice shots, but I enjoyed the angle on the one I've selected below. With a macro lens, it was quickly apparent that the watch was not as clean as I had thought. This left me in Photoshop for a little while longer than I had planned. I had to Photoshop out the umbrella from the catch light on the bottom of the watch's glass and clean up some pieces of dust. Nevertheless, I'm happy with the results, especially considering the whole thing - setup, editing, posting - took me less than two hours.
Don't forget to check out my behind the scenes shots for more details on how everything lined up.