• Tee Mickens

Brand Photography: Hand Made Soap


This week I practiced flat lay photography in natural light with my DSLR Nikon D3200. The subject is Brand A - a natural, hand-made soap company.


For props, I went to my bin of prop goodies and pulled out hand towels, loofah, fresh plants from Whole Foods, and some odds and ends props from Target.


My goal was to create a clean scene to showcase the hand made soaps.

This photo was taken with natural light on the left and artifical light on the right. I turned the right light on to try to help with the light source balance. Not sure if it really worked in my favor, though! haha.


I also played around with other props and elements. I shot using a 30-80mm lens with f stop 5.6 - 6.3


Given that I'm shooting indoors near the window and using as much natural light as possible, I was still getting some hard shadows, and my usual go to methods werent fully diffusing the hard lines. Using a mesh curtain did help though to diffuse some of those lines, though.


Even though these shadows were not my friends during this shoot, I think that with my own natural and digital skills, I was able to soften and lighten things in Lightroom.


This photo is one of my faves from the entire shoot!


fun fact: I accidentally broke the soap during shooting


Incorporating eucalyptus leaves, a frosted pan, and white mesh fabric gives this charcoal bar a spa-like vibe. Do you agree? Let me know what you think of things in the comments!


Now for my top image of the shoot:

You probably guessed it from my headline cover image. This little hand belongs to my 7-year-old son and I think this was a seamless and adorable way to convey to the audience that this soap is even great for kids.


check out a bonus photo:


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