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Bottle photography

Are you feeling thirsty, then look no further into this post as you will be raiding the fridge.

Here we go with a beer bottle of San Miguel that is supposed to look like it has just come out of the fridge. Can you see the dew running down the bottle, the soft ice still gripping to it ready to quench that thirst of yours, well other than the bottle it is all fake 🙂 This bottle was in my studio for a week before I shot it. This is what a product photographer is asked for, take an Item and make it look sexy, desirable and wanted.
A product shot like this can take up to 3 hours with all the preparation of the bottle and the lighting, but when it is done it is worth it. I would rather spend more time on composition of a shot for the client than rush it. The object is show value for money, make the product look like it is worth the asking price, this take more time.
Sometimes people think that all that is done is just click a button on the camera, but it is the preparation that makes the shot, photoshop is just for the clean up of dust and enhancing a little.

Ok you can go and get that drink out of the fridge now …… cheers.



Michelin Car Products

This is one of the final shots for the new Michelin range of car products, this was lots of fun as I had to design the label and take the photographs. Before starting this project the research was done on similar products in the market at the moment and we wanted to make the Michelin product stand out on the supermarket shelves. I think this was achieved. All the bottles are single images then put together in photoshop, So one image could be used or all of them. It will be launched into the supermarkets and Asda is first, it is happening now
The range is growing fast, they have added 4 different types of screen wash, wiper blades, torches, tools, ice scrapers and much more. The design of the labelling and some of the marketing is what takes up a lot of my time, but it is the photography that I love to do, especially on products like this.

I always think to myself that this is for Michelin and that is a very prestigious company, so it has to be right first time.

Update: There is a new bottle coming out soon so stand by for the images of them, I am told it is a bigger bottle but looks just as sexy.

Looking forward to seeing these in the shops.

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Creative shot

This I found an interesting shot, a white bottle of kouros with a light stripped background standing on a white table top with no reflection. This would normally take 2 shots 1 for the product and 1 for the background and then put together in photoshop and you would have to get the background to blend into the table as well.

My challenge was how to get this in one shot the just a quick cleanup in photoshop.

I had a broncolor hazy light over the bottle and a Lencarta 600 super fast for the background. The problem comes in when you take the shot as the bottle comes out really nice and crisp and the background is the same. Why is this a problem, well I wanted the background to be soft and smooth. As I said this could be edited in photoshop, but that would not be one shot with minimal photoshop.

The answer was have a totally dark room, the camera is blind with no light :). connect the main light the hazy light to the camera, set the shutter speed to 2 seconds, then take the shot.

The hazy light fires straight away and then I have 2 seconds to hold a smoothing filter infant of the lens and manually fire the rear lights. Because the camera only sees light is sees hazy light nice clear shot and then because I put a smoothing filter in front of the lens and then set off the rear flash this part of the shot would be blurred.

So you get 2 shots in one with hardly any photoshop. Is that just a great way of doing it 🙂 images before and after below, just click on it for larger version.

Kouros finished shot








Straight from camera
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Water Splash Photography

Isn’t water splash photography a wonderful thing, every time you take a photograph of it it is different you never get 2 shots the same. A company wanted a product shot of a new product to be launched, a water softener. what better way to show it but with a massive water splash. When I finished this shot you would think that my studio had been visited by the fire brigade on a training session.

Well after many many shots of water splashes I put this shot together, I think it just may work.

Splash photography

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Product Photography for Christmas

There I was full of christmas cheer wondering what product photography I could do with all my new christmas presents, that always relate to photography. So after fighting the dog for the last mince pie the mother in law for the bottle of mulled wine, stole the snow globe from my daughter (don’t worry she will stop crying when I give her the globe back) and away we go to the studio. This was a setup of 5 lights to get all the shading and bright lights on the glass items. There were lights either side, one over the top, one on the far left with a snoot on just to light the cap on the bottle, and one at the front to light the label on the bottle. This was not counting the christmas lights in the background.

Some people in other countries may not understand the layout of this shot, so how it works is, there are christmas lights at the back, a snow globe to the right, the mulled wine is a wine mainly drunk at christmas, the wine glass well thats self explanatory and at the front we have a minced pie also mainly bought at christmas. So this was the reasoning behind the product photography shot

The worst part of the job was getting the glass correct, you see I always like a challenge and my challenge was to get this in one shot. The way this type of product photography shot is normally done is first to get the bottle, then the glass, the snow globe and the minced pie and build them together in photoshop.
This was one shot I swear and just a clean up in photoshop. Don’t think I did to bad really. 🙂

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