I've spent this weekend on a product photography course and I've had a really good time. Yesterday we had the theory and demo part of the course (8 hours) and today we had workshops in groups of three (6,5 hours). I learned a huge amount of information about different ways of lighting and setting up images, and a few neat little tricks to use in my future Photoshop work also.
Yesterday I felt a little uncomfortable spending the whole day in a small space full of strangers (well, 13 people + me), but having a day for observing the new faces and with minimal social interaction made today's practical work easier.
The workshops were great. With only three people per group it was easy to learn all aspects of the task, and everyone got to bring their ideas to the table (yep, even I managed to open my mouth). Our exercise was to photograph a commercial product image of a salad in natural light. We used the sun light coming through a window (filtered through a kind of a white paper) and two silver reflectors.
Here are our best results:
And a few 'making of' -photos of our group and some others':
All in all it was a great course and a great experience.
I'm going on a portraiture course in two weeks and I can't wait. :)