I recently showcased a few images of my new Seiko 5D88 Direct Drive Moonphase watch over on the Seiko forums. That post marks just over a year of taking pictures of watches, though I have been taking pictures of other subjects for longer. I thought that I should mark the occasion by documenting the process of creating this single image in order to demonstrate my photography workflow and try to teach by example.
I don't have any professional practice in product photography and I'm certainly not the best photographer on these forums; I don't know that I'm qualified to really offer such advice. I do hope that sharing my thought and work processes might be of some use to others. The very basics won't be covered - aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, all of that. There are plenty of introductory photography tutorials that can convey those concepts much better than I can.
The image that I've chosen to document is purposefully a little complicated. The Seiko SRX003P1, with its variety of dial textures, high polish finishes, and multitude of hands is not at all the easiest watch to photograph (that honor might go to the Mk II Paradive, which was very simple to shoot). The angle and framing isn't the easiest either. I think that the final image is maybe not the best or interesting image I've shot, perhaps not even of this particular watch. But it's certainly a decent shot and I hope that these challenges will bring forward the issues and hurdles and self-criticism that will be most useful in this sort of article.