Product Photography tutorial with Godox S30 Focusing LED Light


– Hey guys. In next 10 minutes, I’m going to show you how to use Godox S30 Focusing LED Lights in product photography. It will be cool tutorial. Stay with me, and you will see everything. If you’ve seen the first part of this and the review, actual
review of those lights, I’m talking about this
beautiful Godox S30 lights, check out this video where
I explaining what it is and what the best it is, and
what it’s actually can be good, where it can be good in photography and videography in studio. We have a relatively simple lighting setup with, well, alcohol, so how? I shoot alcohol more and
more, maybe it’s the age. I don’t know, but it looks cool, and it actually attracts lots of viewers. So you’re watching it. Alcohol with the, well, with
the glass, some fake ice. Fake ice, it’s something, acrylic ice that you can either buy or do it yourself, and I have beautiful video where I show how to create this
do-it-yourself ice cubes for very little price. Check out, it’s cool stuff. So we have it in the glass. Some artistic glass, twisted glass, and the bottle of Glenfiddich,
something like this. The idea and the challenge. When you shoot bottles like this, you have a nice label, usually. You have some nice label, and you have a glass and
you have all kinds of stuff. When you just used strip box or soft box, we have tons of tutorials
of how to do this. You know, how we do it usually when, some nice diffuser on the side and then strip box behind, here and there. It looks all cool, but it’s not a dramatic
shot in many cases, and good strobes can cost you a lot. Plus the soft box, the diffuser, all kind of things can be quite expensive. With these lights, the beauty
of these focusing lights, since it can be focused
in a very little spot that you can highlight a
label, and, for example, on this shot what I’m doing, I’m highlighting a label and
the glass with one light, with one tiny line of that light without getting any
reflection from the glass. Because it doesn’t look good when we have some spot reflection, bright reflection on
a glass from the light that we tend to use to
highlight the label. And with this optical
spot it works beautiful. Okay, I’m going to show you in a moment how to do it in details. You know, if you’ve seen
the first part of the video, what kind of accessories we can use that we can use gels and all
kind of things on these lights. And, you see I mounted
this light on a slider. So instead of mounting a
camera, I mounted the light. And, well, it’s easy kind of to see what it actually creates
and different angle. Plus, when I switch camera to video mode, we can do some cool video footage with the light moving around the subject. Subject can be still, but
the light can be moved. Okay? And what’s cool, I’m going to show you how to use LED lights, these
LED lights, with the strobe. Because, for example,
we have only two units. Ideally we should have
three, but we have two, and I need three lights for this shot. I need some key light. I need some light from behind, and I need a spotlight. This light is beautiful
for spot, creating spot. And actually you see how cool it could be. In this case it’s not a spot. it’s actually the fire
projector from that gobo, a little gobo screen that I have inside. But I need a spotlight. I don’t have it. I’m going to use broncolor spot. So broncolor, it’s a Frena
lens on broncolor head, okay? And, well, modeling light is off. We don’t need any other
continuous light except this, and we going to use it
together with the lights. It’s a simple technique. You can use it all the time when you need to combine
continuous and strobes. This unit cost about $250, okay? Without the attachments, it
may be a little bit more. I used to use this. This is called optical snoot or optical projector from broncolor. Optical attachment. It’s not a light, it’s just an attachment. So this is basically only this part, okay? This part that you put
in front of your light. This is beautiful piece from broncolor, and if you’ve been been with Photigy, you’ve seen how I use it. It’s highly, well, great
too for creative minds, for creative photographers. You know how much it cost? I just checked (laughs), and it’s 20% off right now
because of this holiday sales. It’s 2,428 or $48. So $2,500. Regular price is over $3,000. And again, it’s just a
piece with a few lenses. There are few lenses, it works beautiful. Not a problem, but just
little bit difference. Like 10X, actually difference. Okay, so let’s start one by
one, one light at a time. Let’s use this light, and what I’m going to use inside, I’m using things called framing shutter. This is one little
accessory that gets inside, and what we can do and what I need to do
instead of this nice circle, I am going to create the line, okay? The line of light. I can really be pretty
precise of how it looks like. I mean, how wide it is. I can also focus it, right? It’s really beautiful thing that is focusable really,
really like precise. What I’m going to do, what the idea of this
light is to highlight sort of like a touch
the label and the glass. Because glass with ice inside,
we have tons of sparkles. I mean, it looks great
with some sharp light. Plus, the glass, you
see it’s twisted glass. It’s not really kind of smooth
surface, it’s not a curve. So it’s cool to use this light. Plus this is creative shot,
it’s not catalog shot. So let’s do this. I’m going to put it so
it goes on the label and then continue to the light. I can rotate the whole attachment. You can see how it kind of, well, beside ruining everything
that we just did. Okay, we can rotate it to get
necessary angle that we need. I wanted to show that we have
only highlight on the label. If I see a little highlight on top, you see I am going down,
and it doesn’t exist. I am talking about this little area where it’s almost nothing there. Just because it’s so much spotlight. So this is our light. It gets across and,
well, this is how it is. Let me put it back. Now I am going to press
shutter on the camera with just this light. So it’s continuous light source, and, of course, we need to,
well, use different exposure for this type of light,
comparing to strobes, we use long shutter, right? So it’s F/11, ISO 100,
1.3 seconds shutter speed. Hopefully, it will be enough. We’ll see, we’ll see. And of course, I need to shut down all the light in the studio. This is what you may not like, but this is how it works,
actually, with continuous light. I either need to use remote trigger, this is the best, to use a remote trigger, or let me show you simplified version. Since you shouldn’t touch camera when it takes such long exposure shots. You set it to 2 second timer, okay? It’s easily eliminates everything. So, I press.
(camera beeps) I shut down.
(shutter clicks) And of course, manual exposure. Manual exposure, manual focus. So, we have this shot, okay? Just the one light source. You can see that it’s
already kind of moody shot. We don’t see much, right? But, with that light, it looks
actually pretty interesting. The label and everything, right? Let’s add the strobe light. So I’m going to turn on, (camera peeps)
yep, the trigger. That’s Pocketwizard PlusX. The simplest trigger ever I can find, (camera beeps)
and it triggers our broncolor. Broncolor is in relatively low power mode. It’s about 90 watt/second,
okay, 90 watt/second light. Any speed light can do this. How I find this? Well, I tested before. No modeling light. Because modeling light will add colors, some other color than
this, we don’t need it. So modeling light is
off, this light is on. The same exposure, the same exposure, and let’s click. (camera beeps) (shutter clicks) Okay, we have that spot. It’s slightly on, on other side. I want to move it slightly,
slightly, slightly to the left. But basically, you see
(camera beeps) together it looks fine.
(shutter clicks) We just need to add a little
bit more drama to this shot. Let’s turn on this light. Okay, I have this cool
projector, projection pattern. This flame, it not
necessarily for this image. It’s basically, I mean, for this shot, basically for fun, to show
you something (laughs), but we really don’t need it. However, however, I really
like to use some pattern when I highlight bottles like this. Because if it’s not just a
spotlight but some pattern, it usually looks interesting. So let me highlight it this way. And as you can see I use orange gel, okay? Orange gel is inside this light. And let’s take a shot. So mainly this is for our glass. (camera beeps) And a little bit for the label. (shutter clicks) Okay. You see it looks cool. So what if we put this light right here? No, actually yeah. Let’s say like here. Right here. We’ll see. Not sure how it will work, but we can try. (camera beeps) (shutter clicks) Okay, a little bit more Photoshop work to remove that light,
actually, that is visible. It’s kind of interesting, and what about? What about this type of light? Apart from maybe I can make
it even a little bit brighter. It’s actually 17% from the
maximum, let’s put like 37. So it will be lots of highlights. (camera beeps) Whoo!
(shutter clicks) Probably will be too much. Yeah, the main advantage of this light is that it’s really small. It’s really hard to
find such a little spot that can be focused actually
on a very relatively large area or on a really, really small area. For example, we can try,
I’m gonna use it right now, the iris, okay? There is pretty cool iris that supplies. Again, check out the review
on the first part of this, of this Godox S30 lights,
and see how it works. With this attachment,
with this attachment, we can just be really, really
crazy of what is going on. I’ll show you. It creates such a tiny spot! It is just amazing. I could never do such
thing with even broncolor because it just, well, it’s
not made to be that small. Check it out! The distance, I don’t
know, like three feet. See how small it is? And we can focus it even more
to be like really really like. And I never seen anything like this on the lights that I was using, you know, this optical snoots, all kind of optical
snoots, different snoots. Let’s see if there’s any
cool thing that we can get. (shutter clicks) I believe it’s same thing. Okay, the same thing. The same thing, the same
thing, the same thing. What about if you stick it
here just inside the glass? You know, trying to
brainstorm for you some ideas, some, you know, to show you possible, possible, (camera beeps)
possible things. (shutter clicks)
Yeah, we probably too much. No? Let’s see. No, actually, look at this. Whoo! You know, guys, I didn’t plan it. It was just pure. And we can actually increase the size. You see, I’m increasing the size of iris, and the whole thing now
will be like glowing. Look at this!
(camera beeps) The glass with the ice.
(shutter clicks) That’s now whisky on rocks. Look at this, super cool! Hope you enjoyed this. If you liked this video,
if you have some questions, here’s the whole question
and answer thread under the video. Make sure to send me question, I’ll be happy to answer you. If you have any ideas about
what you would like to see on Photigy channel, on
Photigy YouTube channel, again, please comment, and
we’ll be glad to make it happen. Because we’re looking
for some creative ideas from you from our viewers. All the links to the gear that we used is on the comment area and
description of this video. Check out Photigy gear page,
again where you will find all these kind of optical
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