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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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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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Creative Product Photography Swarovski Necklace

I saw this necklace and I new this deserved a shot with a difference. It is hard enough to take shots of jewellery because of the reflective surfaces, gemstones and the chain as they all reflect light in different ways, not only that I wanted it to look sexy and desirable for anyone to want to purchase.

So when I hung it up after getting every link to look correct and not be twisted I sat for a while working out what to do with it to make it look different that many other necklace shots you see, If I did it the same way as the usual shots …. white or black background … then it is just another necklace, this was not my idea … it had to be different.

The pendant reminded me of a heart and I though of “my heart is drowning for love” that’s where the liquid came in. I did not want massive splashes, just something that was subtle and would show the beautiful necklace off at its best. This particular shot took about 6 hours to do but I definitely think it was worth it, as it is one of my favourer shots.

Do you think it is different.

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Green Product Shot

Green what a great colour, or is it ? I love messing with liquids splashing around and this one is no exception, my studio looked like a swamp by the time I had taken about 100 splash shots just to get the ones I liked and found appropriate for the shot. This is the type of shot that makes product photography lots of fun. It takes a lot of time to do it but when it is finished the results are great.

The first part of this shot is to get a great shot of the bottle with the nice dark gradients showing on the sides, this gives the bottle a 3d look, after that the challenge starts with throwing liquid everywhere and then picking out the best splashes for the effect.

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