1. Staying in shape
Notice the wire coat hanger used to extend the straps. The hanger was removed and straps straightened a bit in Photoshop. I also used Photoshop to remove the dimples along the far end of the bag.
2. Losing weight in Photoshop
3. Go towards the light
Four light sources: 1) key light from above; 2) gridded spot creating the highlight on the front of the bag; 3 & 4) white cards on either side reflecting light from the key light along the edges of the bag.
4. Inside Out
5. Getting a sense of scale
6. What’s my color and finishing touches
So there you have it - how to shoot a leather bag in six easy steps. I shot Chris’s latest line a few weeks ago and the sweet smell of high quality leather still lingers in my head.