How to photograph small objects

In my line of work presenting the highest quality image is key. Start building your website today at Use the offer code ‘Karl’ to get a 10% discount. I’m Karl Taylor and this is my Squarespace. Hi guys. Hope you’re well. I’m just going to run through a couple of recent shoots and some of the techniques that were used to create them. So these were a couple of shoots that I did for an audiology company. One was a product shoot on hearing aids which is extremely complicated and you’ll see some more of that in the video footage that’s going to follow this clip here and the other one was actually a funny photo of me about how the guy heard the wrong thing and was meant to hire a bus driver, not a diver, but I’ll come to that in a second.

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So the first shot, which is the hearing aids here, this hearing aid item was a tiny, tiny little thing so what we had to do was use focus stacking and create 9 images to get the depth of field correct across the whole object to get everything sharp. And I used very particular lighting, a gradient light here because this bit was metal, glossy metal, and this bit here was plastic, matte plastic, so I had to use a small controlled Picolite to illuminate that side then a gradient light through a scrim here and then a mirror from the gradient light to add this catch light. Then I had to photograph the other one separately and do another focus stack and then put the two images together in post because the depth of field over the two images would have been too great. But you’ll see a little bit more on that in the video. Right OK, how many shots is that? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine shots were needed. Nine shots? Wow. Nine to get it sharp.

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But you’ll see those coming up in the following video and if you’ve got any questions leave them in the comments below..