Categories
product photography

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”

Nick Cabana watch watch photographywatch photographercreative watch photographyjewellery photographer

Categories
product photography

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.

necklace 1 small

Categories
product photography

Watch Photography

How many ways can you take a photography of a watch, you will probably be amazed. I thought I would have a go to see how many different setups I could do with a cheap watch. To be honest I don’t mind if I wreck this watch as it is a very old one. The only other problem is that with this watch being old it is covered in scratches and takes a very long time in photoshop to get rid of them all.

The first one I did was dark background with the watch on black glossy acrylic to give me a natural reflection. I will be adding to this in the next few days to give you some ideas on watch photography for the next time you want to sell one on one of the auctions sites. As you know now the better it looks the more you get :).

watch photography

So lets carry on same watch white background, good for website and leaflets. I have to admit that I wish I had used a better watch then this would be a lot quicker to do. So what I did with this was to take the same white background photograph and then spun it around to give me 2 versions, one horizontal and one vertical. I will just have to work out what to do next with this watch.

watch photography watch photograph             

 

Well you could always get a little ambitious and start messing about, with this one I thought I would add a bokeh background a a few sparkles for the base just so it adds a little interest to the photograph. There are many things you can do for backgrounds, this for instance is a piece of glitter covered foam, but you could use a print of your computer, material, clothing, a bag or briefcase and lots more.
I have to go away now and think of another way of photographing this watch.

white-watch-4

 

Categories
product photography

Product Photography one light

Product photography one light can it be done. Are you restricted because you do not have enough lights, well here is a one light wonder, totally white background out of the camera to save editing and cutting out, separation between the item and the background as this then shows the item off better and then into photoshop to remove dust and scratches, then boost the contrast.

The setup was a large sheet of polystyrene for the back, you could use paper or a white bed sheet, just make sure it is stretched tight. Then I aimed one light at it and turned it up high, you can determine this if you camera has a highlight alert on it. Then I placed the aerosol that was for the product photography shot onto a clear acrylic sheet, at the front I then added 2 reflectors at the front angled like a funnel (the narrow end nearest the camera, that would catch the bounced light from the back (polystyrene) and reflect it onto the front of the aerosol, the reason for this is that reflected light does not have a tendency to give harsh light on a shiny object, like this aerosol.

I always run on manual so it took 4 shots to get the lighting right with the f stops. 

For the technical people.
This was taken with an Hasselblad H2 with 120 mm macro, at f11 shutter speed, 1/125 second, iso 50. Having said that you could do the same kind of shot with any dslr and still get fantastic results.

So the next time you start wondering how on earth you are going to get that shot because you do not have enough lights, have a think on how you can get around it. The answer is normally reflectors. Remember also if you are shooting glossy subject and you are getting blown out white lights, reflect the light. It works

product photography one shot    product-photographer-lighting-diagram

Categories
product photography

Jewellery Photography

Hi all

I am working on some jewellery photography over the next couple of weeks. This takes a lot of time and patience and quite a bit of work in photoshop to get the jewellery spot on.

Jewellery photography brings its own challenges to make diamonds sparkle and jump out of the page to make the customer want to purchase them. So this is normally done in a couple of stages depending on the jewellery.
First we have to look at the item and decide on how it is to be photographed. For instance, is it silver or gold as they reflect light slightly differently, is it a diamond or a duller stone. If it is a diamond you have to get the diamond facets showing otherwise it looks like a glass blob. If it is a duller stone maybe like a pearl the lighting will be different again as you need to be able to show a rounded shape with gradients, if not then it will look like a disk And not jewellery.

With the metal surface jewellery needs to be separate from the background, it will not look right if part of the ring it blends in with the background, I have seen a lot of jewellery photography that looks fantastic but you find that part of the jewellery is not separated from the background and this just takes the shine off it.

Then you have watches, this is still jewellery, are they shiny or mat, stainless steel, gold or even both, leather, plastic etc. strap. Is the glass flat or curved, is it even glass. You cannot believe the permutations you can have with jewellery photography it is a massive subject. I will be starting with a ring and I will post it in this blog as soon as it is done.

I just had to do this, this ring cost £1.65 p really I bought 3 for £5. So cheap jewellery looks fine when you see it but when you take a photograph it becomes massive and shows up all the imperfections in the metal you see scratches and the mounts are usually damaged.

So I had a go. Next time I will use a better ring as this was hard work. 🙂

ring