LightSource Podcast Interview Series

E022 Jeff Shaffer

In this episode, Bill and Ed talk with New York based commercial product and still life photographer Jeff Shaffer.


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Ed Hidden, exclusive photographer (Flickr)

Special Guest:

Jeff Shaffer, commercial product photographer.

Jeff Shaffer

Jeff and his wife have been involved in commercial photography for over 15 years. Their wonderful portfolio is chock full of amazing product images, beverage and beauty still lifes and more.

Jeff Shaffer Photos

View Jeff’s web site at:

LightSource Episode 22 (Interview Series) [60:04 minutes]



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In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

  • Nikon D80 is really here
  • Two new Nikon Lenses, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G DX and 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
  • Photoflex announces new line of monolights, StarFlash
  • New Pocket Wizard Plus II
  • Sony GPS-1CS adds coordinates to your images
  • Blender pen transfer fun [via:]

Special Guest Jeff Shaffer discusses:

  • Getting started in a photography career
  • Challenges to still and product photography
  • Handling splashes in a photo
  • Digital post production
  • Capturing splashes in the studio by adjusting flash duration
  • Camera types and using a DSLR in product photography
  • How to choose a lens for effect
  • Essentials for getting started in product photography
  • Types of modifiers used in his studio
  • Keeping things in place
  • Reflections
  • Lighting a car and breaking rules
  • Multiple exposures
  • Light tents and diffusion issues
  • Shooting flatware
  • Subtractive lighting
  • Finding and making great backgrounds
  • Jeff’s lighting course and egg photography

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2 thoughts on “E022 Jeff Shaffer

  1. Randy January

    A 100mm lens perspective is NOT the same on a full frame and 1.6 crop sensor. Ed almost hit it, when he said the perspective is controlled by the distance to subject, only that he then stated that the distance would be the same. If I’m using a 100mm on a 1.6, I will need to be much further back(more distance) than a full frame to get the same shot. Hence, the perspective equals out due to the distance change. If I want the same distance and same perspective I need a 65mm or so.

    I believe you guys had it correct the old podcast, and the correction is incorrect.

  2. Shelah

    Hey, I just found your podcasts recently… they are great! Thanks.
    I am disappointed that when I go to the link above for Jeff’s lighting course and egg photography I can not find the egg photography, just a link to the school back east (I’m in the west).
    I did not find the class outline and excerpts from handouts link that Jeff mentioned. Did I miss it?