As a product photographer based in New Jersey, my job is to make a clients’ product look its very best.
Photographing the new 2014 Salomon X-Pro 100 Ski Boot presented challenges different from previous years. Usually ski boot manufacturers make their products in all sorts of colors, with a high-gloss finish. The matte black coating on this boot had a tendency to flatten out under studio lights, offering a 2-dimensional look. This year’s brushed aluminum satin finish on the buckles offered a unique task to reveal the 3-dimensional curve and depth on this stylish design.
The solution was to light individual parts of the boot separately and then photograph just that specific feature. Once all the images were created, they were then assembled in Photoshop.
This way, I was able to capture the high dynamic range of the reflective metal all the way to the flat black on the boot. There would be no compromise. All the modeling in the textures and finishes would be represented beautifully.
Here are a couple of screenshots from the post-production work in Photoshop.