Publishers of technology books, eBooks, and videos for creative people

Home > Articles > Digital Photography

  • Print
  • + Share This
This chapter is from the book

Sunglasses and Watch

Depending on the product, your photography you may want to enhance or reduce reflections. Glasses are a great subject to photograph, for example, especially against a solid white background. The frames and lenses are both reflective but usually in different ways because of their materials. You also need to make sure that there is something that the lenses of the glasses can reflect to give them shape. A wristwatch is slightly trickier to photograph because you need to watch the angle of the watch face in relationship to the light so that you reduce the reflection on the glass. I put these two products together in the same section because the lighting is really similar, and both can be shot with just one Speedlight.


You can take this type of shot using a single Speedlight in a softbox and a couple of bounce cards. The only real differences are the subject and the angle of the light.

  • Sunglasses and watch: Both subjects have reflective glass surfaces that need to be cleaned to remove dust, dirt, and especially any fingerprints.
  • Wire: I used a small piece of wire to keep the watch strap in a loop. Buckle the strap and then place the wire inside and bend it to the right shape to position the watch exactly where you need it.
  • Speedlight: The image is lit by a single Speedlight in a softbox. I used an SB-800, but you can use any Speedlight that can act as a remote.
  • Softbox: The Speedlight needs to be diffused so that there are no bright spots to reflect off the glass. I used the 26-inch Westcott Rapid Box Octa because it is the perfect size for this. It is small enough to be easily managed but large enough to produce a pleasing soft light.
  • Boom or century stand: The light needs to be placed above the product and aimed down. A boom or a century stand can hold the softbox in position and can easily be adjusted as you tweak the position of the light.
  • Commander unit: You will need a way to trigger the light from the camera. I used the SU-800, but you can use another Speedlight or the built-in flash to trigger the flash. You can also use a TTL cord because the distance between the camera and the flash is short enough.
  • Camera and lens: For this photo, I used the Nikon D750 and a 105mm macro lens, allowing me to fill the frame with the product. For the watch, I moved the camera in much closer than for the sunglasses.
  • White paper: I used a single large sheet of white paper as the backdrop.

Taking the Photo

The key to these photos is the surface that the product is placed on. Using a large piece of white paper, you can create a seamless white backdrop for the glasses to sit on. You can see the glasses sitting on my version of the background in Figure 19.6.

Figure 19.6

Figure 19.6 Sit the pair of glasses right on the seamless background.

For the sunglasses shot, the main light was an SB-910 in a softbox placed facing down over the work table and slightly toward the back. The SB-910 was set to Remote mode, channel 1, and group A. I triggered it from the camera using the SU-800, but you can trigger yours with any Speedlight or built-in flash that can be used in Commander mode. You can also use a TTL cord because the distance from the camera to flash is short enough.

Two more light sources finish the photo: a couple of bounce cards to open up the shadows on the side. Place these on either side of the glasses (Figure 19.7). For the final image (Figure 19.8), I set the Speedlight at 1/4 power and triggered it from the SU-800.

Figure 19.7

Figure 19.7 Here the bounce cards are placed to add the highlights to the side of the glasses. You can adjust the cards to taste.

Figure 19.8

Figure 19.8 The final image of the sunglasses needed only a single light and a couple of bounce cards.

NIKON D750 ISO 400 1/200 SEC. F/20

For the wristwatch photo, I replaced the sunglasses with the watch and moved the camera in closer. I used a few small pieces of wire to hold the watchstrap in a circle and then positioned the watch facing the camera.

Once the watch was in position, I moved the camera closer to fill the frame with the watch face and angled the overhead light until it looked right (Figure 19.9). I then added the bounce cards into place (Figure 19.10) to create the final image (Figure 19.11). Once again, I triggered the Speedlight from the camera using the SU-800 in Manual mode at 1/4 power, the same as for the sunglasses.

Figure 19.9

Figure 19.9 Without the bounce cards in place, you can see that the bottom and the bottom edges of the watch are still a little dark. The bounce cards fix that.

NIKON D750 ISO 400 1/200 SEC. F/20

Figure 19.10

Figure 19.10 This behind-the-scenes shot shows the setup for the wristwatch image with the watch and the bounce cards in place.

Figure 19.11

Figure 19.11 The final watch image shows the face of the watch in great detail.

NIKON D750 ISO 400 1/200 SEC. F/20

  • + Share This
  • 🔖 Save To Your Account

Peachpit Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from Peachpit and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about Peachpit products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites; develop new products and services; conduct educational research; and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by Adobe Press. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive:

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020