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Sometimes I need to just let loose and when I have a crazy idea I just have to play it out.

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Tanning oil

Commercial photography sometimes just becomes a great pleasure to do. Although I do many different types of product photography, creative photography is my favourite. It is great to come up with something in your mind and convert it into a photo.
The little problem with this was that my back was against the wall and it had to be done in a rush.
Normally if you try to rush you end up in a mess, that it will not work or not a very tidy shot.

I would like to thank all the people at Tanorganics for the opportunity to let my creative side out and they were just great people to work with.
The other side of these shots were my photo got to show on the front of Iberia Airways magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Product photographer award

This I am really starting to like, over the past few years I have been entering the International Color Awards competition and have received 2 nominations for them, I was really pleased with that. 
This year I received a nomination for a raging water shot in the category of nature and a winners one in the still life section, now I am rocking. 
It is really nice to be recognised for all the hard work that goes into product photography as most people do not realise how involved it can get.

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This is the email I received this morning.

Dear Paul,

CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 11th Annual International Color Awards.

5,642 entries were received from 73 countries and your work received a high percentage of votes overall. Certainly an achievement, well done!

The Jury represented the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers including Christie’s, Paris; Grey Group, New York; The Art Channel, London; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Publicis Conseil, Paris; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Netflix, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Phillips, New York who reviewed the entries online before making their nominations and honoring 709 title awards and 730 nominees in 33 categories. The Awards could not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with.

Congratulations once again, we wish you a most successful photography year.

Basil O’Brien
Creative Director

The judging is made by some very influential names as you can see.

LOS ANGELES 10/03/2018 – photographer Paul Williams of United Kingdom was presented with the 11th Annual International Color Awards “Cheers” in the category of Still Life at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 10, 2018.

The live online gala was attended by over 12,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography. 11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie’s, Paris; Grey Group, New York; The Art Channel, London; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Publicis Conseil, Paris; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Netflix, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Phillips, New York who honored Color Masters with 709 title awards and 730 nominees in 33 categories.

“Photography is more popular than ever. Last year around 1.2 trillion pictures were taken. In this awards show we pay tribute to the top 0.0000000001% of them” said Juror Martijn van Marle, Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam. Joshua White, Presenter and Producer on The Art Channel, London added “Judging this year’s submissions for the Color Awards was challenging. The winning images illustrate the continuing importance of photography as a way of seeing the world around us and understanding human experience.”

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 5,642 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Paul Williams’s “Cheers,” an exceptional image entered in the Still Life category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest.”

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.colorawards.com

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Christmas photography

I thought it was about time to do some christmas product shots, so this is a start. I will keep adding to this as I go along. It is a great time of the year to do product photography as everything is sparkly and colourful. I am sure there is loads more i can do with this bottle within the next week so keep popping back for more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breaking glass

Hi all
A product photographers job can sometimes be exiting. I was asked to photograph some high quality drinking glasses. So I thought yeh no problem. Famous last words LOL.
The glasses I have to admit were beautiful not showing flaws in the glass and crystal clear. I thought to myself this is nice to have a product that requires no extra work e.g. relabelling, removing scratches in photoshop, only a wipe to clean them etc. 
Then I stated to work on them, trust me it was not straight forward, because when I received the glass they were not clear glass but patterned with paint. This started to get complicated. Now the thing is with me I have to get them right, I will not rest until they look right straight out of the camera as sometimes to much photoshop can look fake.
Now comes the best bit, the client wanted something that people would stop and look at if it was on a poster. So no messing out come all the protective gear and a smashing time was had 🙂 The only thing i can say is. This was fun, but the cleaning up of the mess took 2 hours afterwards. Ahh well can’t win them all.

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Yves Saint Lauren product photography

I am always trying to think about what can be done for an interesting photograph, and this is no exception. The idea I had was that I could imagine that the perfume was making an entrance after walking up the stairs at the back and moving onto stage though  pair of large white doors, a little like an awards ceremony.

“Ladies and Gentlemen the next award goes to Black Opium by Yves Saint Lauren” and the fanfare starts, then on stage it comes.

For this shot I used a very large white acrylic sheet to give a great reflection, 2 acrylic boxes that act as the entrance, 1 light from behind that would outline the bottle and to fire light though the middle to show the glass and the name. I then added 1 light either side with barn doors to light up the front face. Then 2 black flags were added to the sides at the rear of the bottle to darken the edges of the perfume to give separation from the background. To finish it off, into photoshop to clean up. Lots of work for 1 product, but I love the results.
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Perfume Superdry

Perfume Superdry !!!
There any many ways of taking a product shot. The most popular way is for sales on websites, EBay and Amazon, these are pretty straight forward as there is not a lot of creativity as it is a white background.
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Or you can go for something that is a little more creative and make it stand out amongst all the other images that are the same or similar products on the web.

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Images that are creative will definitely increase selling price and sales as it is normally telling a story as the one above is saying that the fragrance is oozing out of the bottle and would smell amazing.
The difference in cost to take creative shots is more but commands a different audience.
If you click on the images to see the larger view you can see the difference in the finished quality of the shot. Although if you were only selling on the web you may not wish to go this far.
Which ever way you would like your product photography I can accommodate you, Just give me a call.

 

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Watch Photography Nick Cabana

I was requested to do a creative shot for a watch photography, not just a watch it was a Nick Cabana watch which are very nice indeed. The first thing I noticed with this watch is that it was very slim, it reminded me of an omega I had 20 years ago. The watch was rose gold with a metal mesh strap and a beautiful clear face.

So the research begins, what did Nick Cabana say about this watch, what ideas can I find from the web, magazines or social media. I spent a whole week just working out how to do the watch justice with a creative shot. Watch photography takes loads of research.
What came to mind is that this looks like a classy watch and needs to be displayed like that, not like a heavy thick watch that was designed to got to 5 million atmospheres under water, or travel the dessert being towed by a truck and still work. This was a watch that you would wear a suit with, go to the opera maybe wear it when you were being knighted by the queen. 

So I ended up with a keyring from a jaguar, the watch a hasselblad lunar camera, serengeti sunglasses, beautiful piece of wood, leather gloves, high gloss black plexi, Nick Cabana original box, and a small piece of leatherette. With these items I would then be able to show the expensiveness of the watch. As we know it is how good it looks to how much it can be sold at.

See what you think, this is what I came up with. and the quote from the client was. “Hi Paul! Wow, I really like your pics. You really captured the right feeling for the watch.” “I will keep your contact information for the future. We always look to work with good photographers for upcoming projects”

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Awards

Well this was nice, I had forgotten I had entered it. Not the winner, but at least I was nominated out of 5,678 entries 🙂 

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9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Williams FROM The United Kingdom was presented with the 9th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of Still Life at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 26, 2016.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

The international Jury included captains of the industry from Contrasto, Rome; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Whitechapel Gallery, London; DDB, Berlin; Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg; Art Beatus Hong Kong; DB Agency, Milan; InStyle Magazine, New York and Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna who honored Color Masters with 591 coveted title awards and 634 nominees in 33 categories.

 

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 5,678 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Paul Williams’s “My heart is drowning,” an exceptional image entered in the Still Life category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

“The variety of entries was astonishing,” said juror Lilli Langenheim, Senior Art Director of DDB Berlin. “Some of the work is truly powerful; Fine Art, Sport, Nature in professional was really inspiring and the Wildlife category in amateur was one of the most exciting,” added jury member Daria Bonera, Owner of DB Agency in Milan.

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.colorawards.com

Well I did it again.

10TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Williams from United Kingdom was presented with the 10th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of Still Life at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 4, 2017.

The live online gala was attended by 9,575 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie’s, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London; Sotheby’s, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York who honored Color Masters with 723 title awards and 792 nominees in 33 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 6,178 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Paul williams’s “oops,” an exceptional image entered in the still life category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.colorawards.com